How to ace a job interview.

Interviews may be intimidating however you can’t avoid them if you want to get that dream job.

According to Wonga Ntshinga, the senior head of programme at a private higher education institution “Anxiety often trips up otherwise deserving candidates.”

You don’t have to be anxious if you have prepared well. “If you have all your ducks in a row by the time you go and sit in front of the panel, you will be the master of your destiny – not your fear and anxiety” Wonga said.

Wonga has the following advice:

  • Research the position you have applied for and see how your career highlights relate to the requirements of the job, focusing on what you are doing, what you have done, and what you expect to contribute in future;
  • Show that throughout your life – even in school – you have demonstrated the types of skills the company is looking for. “Prove that you have successfully worked with various kinds of teams.
  • If you have something in your past that you know will look bad, be prepared to show what you learnt from this;
  • Make sure your online life does not eclipse the way you want to present yourself at an interview. Employers do check your social media profiles, so think before posting anything.

Credit: Margaret Harris, Sunday Times, Careers.