Certain questions that always crop up at interview

For teenagers looking for employment – whether it is a full-time school leaver’s post or a temporary Summer or weekend job – having to undergo an interview may seem very daunting. However, it is worth remembering that the same questions will be asked at almost any interview and it is worth practising and preparing for these beforehand – sitting in front of a mirror, if you think that will help.

Tell me about yourself. On paper, this appears relatively simple as only you will know the answer but it can be difficult knowing where to start and what to say. Try not to waffle and do not go into reams of detail. Do talk about your interests and what you liked studying at school.

What are your strengths and weaknesses? For young people, employers will be looking for attributes such as: reliability, punctuality, good social skills, enthusiasm and a genuine interest in the job. Do not tell a prospective employer that you hate getting up early or that you like to mess around and have a laugh. Try to pick a weakness that can be turned into something positive. For instance, you may say that you can be quite chatty but that you enjoy meeting new people and that you are keen to help customers or that you wish you had better computing skills but that you are hoping to go on some training courses to improve these.

Why do you want to work here? Do some research about the company where you may be working. Talk about having an interest in retail and customer service or wanting to work with animals or having an interest in taking cars and motorbikes apart and repairing them. You can also talk about a convenient location or that a friend or family member likes working here (providing you think this friend would be considered a good worker!)

Have you any questions? This usually comes right at the end. You could say, “No. I think you have answered all the questions I had, thank you.” However, it does look impressive if you do have a question or two. You may want to ask about dress code, specific hours of work or the prospects of moving around the company and/or promotion.

So, to sum it up, be prepared, practise answers before your interview and make sure you turn up at least 5 to 10 minutes before your interview time.

Considering a career in retail

If you have teenage children who are desperate to leave school and academic life behind but are undecided about what they want to do in life, then a career in retail might suit them. There is much more to retail than just selling items off the shop floor and placing money in a till and many youngsters just don’t realise this.

Many retailers offer apprenticeships to young people leaving school. If a youngster is keen to work hard and eager to learn, takes pride in their work, has good communication skills, is happy to be part of a team, can show initiative and has a generally positive attitude, then these are the sort of qualities which employers are looking for.

It is more than possible to work one’s way up in retail, from starting on the shop floor with a handful of basic school leavers’ GCSE grades. Employers look out for employees with a good aptitude to the job and it is possible to move onto other kinds of jobs within retail which may be office based or accounts related, or which may involve working in HR, managing people or tackling logistics. Some jobs may require further qualifications or experience – for instance, fashion buying or brand marketing – but, by then, a young person may feel ready to tackle a university or professional style course in order to obtain the post that they really want.

Education – Finding Career, Curriculum and Role of Recruitment Consultant

Education is very important in every society, however, it is not specifically lucrative sector. Most opportunities in this sector involves teaching, professional training, and lecturing. In addition, there are other roles that the sector offers, including administrative and infrastructural. In some instances, the education recruitment agencies may list other roles such as nursery nurses and exam invigilators as well. Teaching can be challenging in some situations, and calls for patience, but teachers find the job interesting and rewarding nevertheless.
Finding Teaching Vacancy
Education recruitment can be a daunting process, but very critical. It is advisable to research more about the school by looking at their school results, ofsted reports, prospectus and the institution website. You may consider visiting the training centre in order to get an opportunity to speak to the students, experience the dynamics within the institution and interact with the staff. This will help you know the kind of the candidate the organisation is looking for.
Remember you need to have the capability to motivate and inspire, outstanding communication skills and clear understanding of the matter being taught. To be a teacher, you need to meet the set requirements and qualifications. Some of the requirements involves completion of several exams, advanced degree qualifications and specific training courses. Educators start their profession in student teaching positions, which are same as paid apprenticeships. They are awarded salary boost when they complete their entire training.