5 Top Gripes of Job Interviewers

By Koh Wanzi

Job interviews supply ample fodder for a bad case of nerves for many jobseekers. As they sweat it out in stiff-necked collars or too narrow heels, it is no surprise that many jobseekers struggle to make a stellar first impression on their interviewers.

There are so many things that could trip one up at an interview, and many people do indeed fall prey to one of these countless stumbling blocks, whether unwittingly or due to negligence. Here are the top five gripes of job interviewers – being aware of these annoyances could be the first step to avoid rubbing your interviewer the wrong way and make the interview a positive experience for both you and your interviewer. (Read More Here!)

Portfolio 101 for Fresh Grads

Most students prefer to concentrate on the all-important academic aspect and tend to overlook the fact that their portfolio is becoming increasingly important. When adequately prepared, the portfolio can be the key to setting you apart from the other university or job applicants, especially when attending a job fair like the JobsCentral Career and Education Fair 2014.

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Wielding the Double-Edged Sword of Social Media in Your Job Search

By Koh Wanzi

In the digital age, where everything is literally at your fingertips, we may merrily abandon paper trails in favour of digital ones when it comes to job-hunting. But though you would not leave personal information or pictures lying around for anyone to find, many people are in fact doing the digital equivalent of this online. (Read More Here!)

How to Ace Your Job Interview with the Right Body Language

By Jeremy Cheong

Job interviews are an inherently stressful affair. Some candidates tend to fidget during the job interview, which can range from touching one’s hair to slouching too much. The former reveals your nervousness while the latter implies a lack of confidence.

You might be surprised at how your body language is giving you away – in fact, experts have determined that 93 per cent of all daily communication between individuals is nonverbal. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: Explaining Your Long Unemployment Period

Question: I have been unemployed for over nine months. How do I explain my long unemployment period at an upcoming job interview?

Answer: The interviewer may or may not have an unfavourable impression of your gaping unemployment period. But it can be typical for some employers to link this to something negative – perhaps a bad work ethnic or undesirable personality.

The last thing you want to do is to shrug your shoulders nonchalantly and give an awkward smile. So how do you weave your way through this dreaded question?

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Q&A: Should I Start Working in a Non-Related Field?

Question: I’ve recently graduated with a degree in specialisation ‘A’, but entry-level positions for this field are hard to come by. I’m thus considering applying for an entry-level position in specialisation ‘B’ to gain some work experience – is this a viable option?

Answer: Getting your foot in the door of the working world is one of the hardest challenges you’ll face over the course of your professional career, so don’t be disheartened if you find it hard to get a job as a fresh graduate.

After all, you’ll probably be competing against other jobseekers with relevant job experience, and job interviewers will always be more inclined to hire someone who won’t have to be trained and can hit the ground running. (Read More Here!)

How To Handle Challenging Interviewees

I am the hiring manager for my company and I recently encountered some challenging interview candidates. One didn’t dare to make eye contact with me throughout the interview, while another made excessive hand gestures as he was talking enthusiastically about something completely irrelevant. How should I handle such candidates in the future?

An interview can be a nerve-wracking experience for the interviewee, so perhaps it’s no wonder that some candidates tend to exhibit quirky behaviors because they’re stressed, or they’re attempting to (futilely) impress you, the interviewer, by being memorable.

Are You Sure You’re Hiring?

By Gerald Goh

It should be an employee’s market in Singapore right now – when we last checked, the official unemployment rate was low – 2 per cent, or thereabouts on average in 2012 – and job listings are still plentiful.

Not to mention that you’re either raring to kick-start your career, or have recently gotten your annual bonus and have your eye on your next career move.

But are companies in Singapore really hiring, and in quantities that the numbers suggest that they should be?