10 tips to make sure your interview is less trick and more treat this Halloween

Here at Media Contacts, we understand how frightening the interview process can be, and if the pressure is starting to freak you out, try not to panic. We’ve come up with a list of ways to make your interview less trick and more treat this Halloween. For further information on how to handle the interview fear, visit the above link.

  • Arrive on time – There is a certain balance here as you must never be late for an interview, however, try not to arrive more than 5-10 minutes early to your interview. If you are running late due to transport issues, always make sure to phone the interviewer in advance and apologise.
  • Read the job spec – One of the best ways to make a great first impression and to really sell yourself in an interview is to highlight your experience and how its fits with specific aspects of the job description. This shows them that you are what they are looking for and can solve problems they may have effectively.
  • Research the company – Always be prepared and research the company including their achievements, any special events that have taken place, their social media pages as well as your specific job role and the tasks you’re particularly interested in doing. This shows a keen interest in the company and the effort you’ve put into research aspects other candidates may not have taken the time to do. You can also go into more depth and research news about them and what their competitors are up to, giving suggestions on ways to move forward in the future.
  • Prepare questions to ask –Don’t get spooked at the end of the interview when you’re asked if you have any questions. Ensure you have some prepared beforehand.
  • Get clothes ready in advance – We bet you didn’t know that according to a recent survey 33% of hiring managers knew whether they would hire someone in the first 90 seconds. Therefore, it goes without saying that first impressions are very important.
  • Smile and maintain eye contact – Don’t show your fear to the interviewer! Always show confidence by making eye contact throughout the interview, they want someone who isn’t spooked out by talking to people!
  • Never lie – Interviewers will know if you’re lying, so don’t make anything up to try and seem smart – as when they probe you with questions that you can’t answer correctly, you’ll be in for a fright!
  • Prepare your answers to common questions – Use your experience from previous interviews to help with your preparation. Its highly likely that you will be asked common questions such as ‘give examples of when you were faced with a challenge and how you overcame this’ and also about your strengths and weaknesses and why you would be suitable for the job, so make sure you have answers well memorised for these questions.

How to get over the post-summer blues

So summer’s over, you are back at work with a fading tan, feeling gloomy as the nights draw in. This can make getting out of bed to get to work the morning harder. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one and we completely feel your pain! We have come up with a list of ways that you can use to stay upbeat at work this autumn.

  1. Book next year’s holiday – Give yourself something to look forward to by booking next year’s holiday early. You can bag the dates you want before your colleagues and get the best travel deals by booking early.
  2. Give yourself a winter break – You don’t have to wait a whole year to have another holiday, why not give yourself a treat this winter and escape to a log cabin for a long weekend?
  3. Reassess your job – It might not be the weather that’s the only thing getting you down, maybe it’s your job that’s the problem. You may need to look at your current employment situation and ask yourself if you’re achieving everything you want to. If you find that it is your job getting you down, you’ve raised the subject with your boss and had no joy, now is the perfect time to job hunt. If you leave it until January a lot of the best jobs will have been filled already and the competition will be stiffer.
  4. Exercise – Get outside for a walk or a run through the autumn leaves and feel those exercise induced endorphins kick in. It’s amazing the difference it makes, keeping you cheerful even whilst sitting in yet another meeting.
  5. Get inspired – Hopefully you already have an inspirational boss at work, but you can also find inspiration elsewhere. It can be easy to slow down when the winter months hit, so to ensure you don’t stop altogether, make a list of things that inspire you or things you want to achieve. You might also include searching for people who inspire you professionally on sites such as LinkedIn, to see how they got to where they are now and read their success stories online.

 

5 Ways to Make Friends at Work

  1. Introducing yourself – This may seem obvious, but being the first to introduce yourself, gives a great first impression of a friendly and approachable personality, instantly making the other worker feel they can easily strike up a conversation with you.
  2. Showing an interest/small talk – This again may feel like an obvious one, but engaging with small talk, asking questions and showing a genuine interest in your colleague’s life can go a long way. You may find that you have a lot in common and similar interests.
  3. Going for lunch – Lunchtime is the perfect time to get to know a fellow colleague, asking if they want to go for lunch with you instantly makes them feel included and part of a team.
  4. After work drinks – This is also another great way to get to know your colleagues in a more relaxed and informal environment. You’ll be amazed at the stories you’ll hear!
  5. Local events – Similarly, have a look to see if there are any events taking place near to your office. This could be as simple as a film showing at a local cinema, a comedy night at a local pub or a BBQ in the park to bring workers together to know each other.

Why and How to Boost Your Social Media Profile

If you are a bit half-hearted about the whole Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn thing, think carefully. In the same way you wouldn’t go to an interview without looking up and researching the people you are going to meet, potential employers can and absolutely WILL be checking you out too.

It’s not just about creating a first impression, but also ensuring you don’t blow your chances. For example, your beautifully crafted CV might say you want to be a pharmacist, but if your social media profile is all about your plans to set up your own upholstery business or disappear off travelling for 12 months, you are less likely to get the pharmacy job you just applied for. No matter how brilliant your academic background, if your social image is poor companies are not likely to want to be associated with you. According to Press Room, more than half of employers today have found content on social media which caused them not to hire a candidate. It also shows that 70% of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates during the hiring process, 49% check up on current employees, as well as 34% having reprimanded or fired an employee based on content found online.

On the plus side, used correctly and responsibly, social media platforms can help you stand out from the crowd and enhance your professional image.

Here are some tips:

  • Use the same profile image across all networks. Consistency is key; the more you look the same in feeds across sites, the more you’ll stay in people’s minds.
  • Delete any unwise posts and bad photos. Think, ‘Would I want an employer to see this?’ and review tags regularly.
  • Make sure you are discovered in searches by finding out what people search for when looking for professionals in your sector and mirror the keywords.
  • Fill in all the fields in your profile so that you appear professional and committed, rather than not bothered and lazy.
  • Build your social trust by asking past and present colleagues and clients for reviews, endorsements and recommendations. Write recommendations for others too, without them having to ask.
  • Write clearly, succinctly and in the first person. This is your chance to showcase your career highlights and ability to communicate.
  • Make yourself contactable. Add links to your other social profiles, website and contact details. Then test those links.

 

Jobs in Events for Grads

Most people who have just graduated from university look for certain things in their first job – earning potential, a structured career path, perhaps international travel opportunities and a like-minded team of bright sparks.

What if you could find all those things in one job?!

Jobs in event sales are becoming increasingly popular with graduates and second jobbers. With trade shows, live events and consumer festivals covering a wide range of specialist sectors from fashion and education to food, technology to telecoms, energy and,  construction, cosmetics, security, SaaS, retail, music, leisure and lifestyle, there really is something for everyone.

Why choose a job in Event Sales?

For those who are fascinated by learning about how businesses change, grow, adapt and reach new levels of profitability and want a job that enables them to consult businesses to help them to reach out to new markets and increase their profit margins, event sales jobs can give them exactly that.

What are Event Sales jobs like?

Working in event sales will give you the opportunity to research and on-board new brands to sell to, create clever floor plans and develop existing accounts to become repeat, big spenders and you’ll be paid handsomely for doing so. If you like strategy, event sales will give you the opportunity to work with the marketing, operations and content functions to create the best show in town whilst globetrotting to competitor shows across; from Paris to Peru and Sydney to San Francisco, Jamaica and Japan, giving you the perfect platform for world domination!

What are the best bits about working in Events?

Show season in event sales goes from zero to one-hundred pretty quickly so it wouldn’t suit someone who panics every time things get busy – event sales teams are notorious for the ‘everyone-mucks-in-and-helps-each-other’ vibe so you’ll be nestled in a team with true camaraderie and work well with organised chaos!

You’ll likely find that each event organiser you speak to is absolutely team focused. They look forward to seeing each other on a Monday morning and when you walk into the office, there’s a special feeling and a buzz in the air. They rely on each other to be successful, so everyone pulls together (They’re also the best craic in the pub after work on a Friday!)

Event sales will give you the opportunity to work with different companies, different industries and different people on a variety of different and often unusual products. You’ll gain great insight into what companies do, how they market their brands and how they grow product lines. Your role will teach you how to react to different market conditions and how to keep your finger on the pulse of your sector. Most importantly, the events industry will give you a career, prospects and an education in business.

What are the worst parts about working in Events?

Event sales is a full contact sport sometimes. If you get it right it’s the best job in the world and in the tougher times, it can feel tough. Every day is different and provides you with endless challenges. If you pride yourself on helping businesses achieve their strategic objectives and you deliver your absolute maximum, the roller-coaster ride is one of the many reasons why events professionals LOVE their jobs so much!

What Can a Job in Event Sales Lead to?

It’s no secret that some of the events industry’s brightest minds first cut their teeth in event sales jobs. Some of the CEOs, vice presidents and managing directors of the industry’s biggest event organisers have grown up in event sales and now spend their days developing people and coaching them through jobs they love whilst helping them to discover a brighter future for themselves, carve new careers and create a more fulfilling livelihood for themselves.

If you’d like to discuss event sales jobs further, call our expert, Naomi Lane, on 0207359 8244 or email her – [email protected]