The food industry is an essential industry that supplies food and drink to all over the globe. It is an ever changing industry which is fast paced and can be hard work but also a rewarding career past.
Check out the ALP video explaining what its like working within the food industry and speaking to food industry workers directly.
When it comes to an interview, you can never be too prepared.
Being selected for an interview is already a success – you have been chosen amongst many candidates, who applied for the position, so research and preparation is essential to for interview success.
To help you organise and plan ahead, we have come up with some useful tips to help you along the way and ensure your interview gets off to a great start.
Do your research.
Find out as much as you can about the company – start few days before the interview. Go on their website, find out what sector they specialise in, have they recently completed any major projects?
Does the company have a page on social media? If yes, have a look at posts, feedback, reviews so you can see what the company and its employees are talking about.
Make notes, read them couple of times before the interview and memorise the information. This will help you to be more confident when talking about the knowledge you have of the company.
Read the job advert:
Have a look at the job description again to refresh your memory. It is vital you explain why you think you would be suitable for the position and whether you match the qualification and skills required.
Common Interview Questions:
Google some of the most common interview questions and write down some of your answers, this will ensure you are prepared and ready to answer. Common questions such as describing yourself, focus on positive points and skills which are relevant for the job. Don’t go into too much detail just a quick summery is enough. Ensure you write down your strengths for the role and any weaknesses, this is often an awkward question but think of positive ways to overcome these weaknesses to finish on a positive note.
Some other important points include:
Outfit – many companies still expect interviewees to dress smartly, so make sure your outfit is suitable.
Punctuality – make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes before your interview to avoid your stress level going up and giving the employer a bad impression.
After the interview – give the interviewer a firm handshake and thank for the time and opportunity to attend the interview.
As you can see interviews can be less stressful if you take time and effort to thoroughly prepare. If you have any further questions, please feel free to comment below or email us.
Writing your CV is an important document when job hunting and its important that this is kept regularly updated and is written clearly and easy to read by potential hirers.
We have included a quick guide to help you in getting your CV in tip top shape.
Use bullet points.
This is a great way to break up text and make it more readable for employers. You do not want to end up with long and detailed sentences that take half of the page, so use bullet points to outline your duties/responsibilities in a simple and neat way.
Keep it to two pages.
The most effective CVs are not just informative, they’re also concise. Try and get straight to the most important points, and ideally take up no more than two sides of A4, 3 at the max. If you have had had a long career history focus on the last 10 years.
Include a personal statement.
A significant number of people neglect to include this at the start of their CV which is a big mistake, as this can be the selling point. Write few sentences right at the top of the first page, illustrating your unique skills that make you a perfect match for the role. Ensuring you update this for every role that you apply for. Clearly outline the kind of role you are applying for and why and try to include the top three most relevant skills very briefly.
Work in chronological order.
Whether you are writing about your experience or your education, the most recent information is the most important. Always put it first.
There is also some common mistakes to avoid when creating your CV which we have detailed below.
Do not choose inappropriate font and size.
Times New Roman is one of the most commonly used fonts, but you may find that Cambria or Calibri are better options for you. The ideal font size is 11 – remember, the hiring managers will be scanning your CV, so it needs to be nice and easy to read.
Do not Include irrelevant person information.
You don’t need to include your nationality and you definitely don’t need to mention your age. Although employers aren’t legally allowed to dismiss your application based solely on how old you are, you’ll never know if that’s the reason they rejected you, so it’s best to avoid mentioning these types of details.
Do not Include negative information.
If you are thinking of putting on your CV reasons why you left your previous positions, or perhaps that you have driving licence points or that you failed exams – forget it now. This is something you can explain in a job interview, so make sure you don’t include any negative information that would discredit you.
Once you have completed your CV, don’t forgot to read through and double check, use spell check to correct any spelling mistakes and ask a friend or family member to look it over.
If you are struggling to write you CV there are services out their which can assist, most known job sites have a free CV builder tool or the national career services can assist for free.
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