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See Youth’s Interview Guide

Hello, young professionals! Have you been for an interview, or are you prepping for your first? It’s Lerato here, and I’m sharing some savvy tips to help you nail interviews with finesse and confidence. Interviews can feel like uncharted territory, but with a strategic approach and a touch of professionalism, you’ll be well-prepared to make a lasting impression. Let’s delve into the key steps to success:


First and foremost, thorough research is essential. Take time to familiarise yourself with the company or organisation you’re interviewing with. Gain insight into their mission, values, and recent projects. This demonstrates genuine interest and really gets you further in interviews by showing that you’ve gone the extra mile.

Dress to impress

When it comes to clothing, strike a balance between professionalism and personal style. Choose clothing that shows you’re confident and professional, while still being authentic to your personal style. Remember, your outfit is partly a reflection of your respect for the opportunity and the organisation.

Be confident

Confidence doesn’t end at dressing. When entering the interview room, be confident in your body language and demeanour. Offer a firm handshake, maintain eye contact, and greet your interviewer with warmth and professionalism. These initial impressions set the tone for a positive and engaging interview.

Listen carefully

During the interview, active listening is important. Carefully consider each question before responding thoughtfully. Remember to use the STAR method to structure your responses, providing concrete examples of your skills and experiences:

Situation, Task, Action, Result.

Be yourself

Being real is key. Allow your personality to shine through, while maintaining professionalism. Be honest, genuine, and enthusiastic about the opportunity. Remember, interviews are as much about showcasing your personality as they are about demonstrating your qualifications.

Follow up

Following the interview, express gratitude for the opportunity with a well-crafted thank-you email or note. This not only shows your appreciation for the interviewer’s time, but also reinforces your professionalism and interest in the opportunity.

The interview process is a blend of preparation, professionalism, and authenticity. By sticking to these guidelines and showcasing your unique qualities, you’ll be able to navigate interviews with confidence and competence. Here’s to your success in securing amazing opportunities!


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