Paper: How not to stuff up your job interview

So, there you are. You’ve decided this is an interview you want to be in, that you have checked the company and you are reasonably satisfied you want to join and you’ve opened the door and walked into…. what?

Before we start with your contact with the jobs market, there are some essentials.

First: once you have a job, it’s easier to get a job. Getting even a part time job gives you experience in interviews. But that’s not the only reason.

The best employees I had in KL were a programmer who, after university, got a job working in McDonalds while he looked for the job he really wanted. Choosing him against the dozens who were sitting at home waiting for something to drop into their lap was an easy decision. He had demonstrated a characteristic that showed that he would make things happen instead of standing still.

Also, a salesman who had decided to move from a small town to KL and had taken a job selling tickets for conferences. She built up our Asia business from zero by sheer hard work and I knew, from her decision to leave a well-paid job in a small town and taking grunt work in the big city that she intended to be successful. And she was and today, now working overseas, she holds a senior position for one of the world’s biggest computer services companies.

So, get a job. Any job. It doesn’t matter if it’s working in a shop, waiting in a restaurant or, as one of my relatives did, working on the dustbin lorries. I worked in a horrible chemicals factory until I landed an absolute dream job in London. My son did all kinds of things before getting a recording contract.