How to Not get a Job


This may not have been a question you have asked yourself. However if you really want that job, we recommend you print out this checklist and make sure you go through every item before entering the interview dungeon.


  • Learn about the organisation;
  • Have a specific job or jobs in mind;
  • Review your qualifications for the job;
  • Prepare answers to broad questions about yourself;
  • Review your CV;
  • Practice an interview with a friend or relative;
  • Arrive before the scheduled time of your interview.

Personal Appearance

  • Be well groomed;
  • Dress appropriately;
  • Do not chew gum or smoke.

The Interview

  • Answer each question concisely;
  • Respond promptly;
  • Use good manners. Learn the name of your interviewer and shake hands as you meet;
  • Use proper English and avoid slang;
  • Be cooperative and enthusiastic;
  • Ask questions about the position and the organisation;
  • Thank the interviewer and follow up with a letter.

Test (if given)

  • Listen closely to instructions;
  • Read each question carefully;
  • Write legibly and clearly;
  • Budget your time wisely and don’t dwell on one question.

Information to Bring to an Interview

  • Personal documents;
  • CV – Although not all employers require applicants to bring a CV, you should be able to furnish the interviewer with information about your education, training and previous employment;
  • References – Usually an employer requires three references. Get permission from people before using their names, and make sure they will give you a good reference. Avoid using relatives. For each reference, provide the following information: name, address, telephone, number and job title.

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