Recruitment agency Bradshaw Le Roux marked world Spinal Cord Injury day on September 5 with a workshop for quadriplegics and paraplegics. The workshop focused on preparing for an interview.
Delegates learned it is important to allow more than enough travel time to the interview just in case there is a transport issue and to dress well. But “dressing well” doesn’t mean that you have to buy expensive clothes. The goal is to look presentable so that the prospective employer will get a good impression. (Low-cut tops and miniskirts are not acceptable.)
Delegates were also told to research the company before they apply for a job, so that they know what the company does and what the position will entail.
A respectful attitude is very important, as is a smile and a firm handshake. Prospective employees need to stay alert and make positive comments; to maintain eye contact with the prospective employer; and to speak clearly, firmly and with authority.
Ari Seirlis is the CEO of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) and managing editor of Rolling Inspiration. email: firstname.lastname@example.org