Confidence comes from being prepared.

Well done! You took the time and effort to create a well-presented CV, and now your skills, experience and work history have won you an interview.

Of course, most of us hope to shine in an interview, sometimes feeling a mixture of emotions like excitement and a little apprehension about making a good impression. You’ll want to create a confident professional impression on the interviewer despite the butterflies you might be feeling inside.

Here are 5 things you can do to prepare before your interview so you’ll sail through calmly and confidently.

1.Research the company

Always research the company. Go to their website and read about the founders, company portfolio, clients, competitors, company vision and any other information you can find. This helps you better understand the company, its culture and helps you see how you can contribute to the business success. It also makes a good impression on the interviewer when a candidate shows interest in the company.

2.Prepare a list of questions

After doing research start compiling a short list of questions you would want to ask about the company. Make sure the questions are intelligent and relevant to the company and the job you are applying for. At the interview raise some of the questions. This helps you to engage with confidence and shows your interest in the company. Share some of your thoughts and ideas about how you would tackle any challenges and improve job efficiency.

3.Know the job description and cross-reference

Make sure you are well versed in understanding the job description. Cross-reference the position requirements with your previous work experience, highlight the skills you have which match those required and think of examples as to how you can apply them to the prospective job. 

4.Plan what you are wearing

Researching the company you hope to work for will give you a good idea of their corporate culture. Creative companies like agencies may favour a more casual dress code and you would need to dress accordingly. If in doubt, a good rule of thumb is to opt for a professional look and dress up for the position you are applying for. Make sure your clothes are ironed, clean and well fitted. A black suit and white button-up shirt are always a good choice to fall back on if you can’t decide what to wear. 

5.Plan your trip to ensure you are on time

In an ideal world, unfortunate ‘fender benders’ do not happen when you’re hurrying to an interview. Nor do traffic cops who flag you down to carry out random (and painfully slow) roadblocks. Transport systems break down, fail to arrive at all, or run twenty minutes behind schedule. Finding yourself running late, getting upset and frazzled will put you on the back foot. Before you leave, keep in mind the weather, traffic, and any potential accidents that could happen on the way. Google the location of the company and make sure that you build in enough time to get to the interview. Download clever Apps like WAZE to get you out of a fix if you find yourself stuck in traffic.

The art of arriving for an interview looking cool, calm, smart and confident is quite simply a question of being well prepared. The result is well worth the time and effort.

Good luck with the interview!

 

 

Article originally published on Recruit My Mom

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Joanne Denysschen
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
SACOB – South African College of Business
100%

Catharina Webster
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IBTC – Correspondence (Cape Town)
100%

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Incredible Skills
100%

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Incredible Skills
100%

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Self studying
98%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Self studying
97%

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97%

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Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
The Academy of Commerce and Accounting
96%

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Financial Statements
The Business Academy – Correspondence
96%

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Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
IBTC – Correspondence (Cape Town)
96%

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Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Self studying
96%

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CTU Training – Vereeniging
96%

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Cost and Management Accounting
Damelin Correspondence – Braamfontein
96%

Alucia Smith
Cost and Management Accounting
SA College of Home Study
96%

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Financial Statements
Moetapele Academy
96%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
CTU Training – Boksburg
96%

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Cost and Management Accounting
The Academy of Commerce and Accounting
96%

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Business Literacy 1
Self studying
96%

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Financial Statements
Self studying
96%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Self studying
96%

Ramatsimele Matlala
Management
Self studying
96%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
SA College of Home Study
96%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Damelin – Mowbray
96%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Preferred Solutions
96%

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Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Centurion Academy – Centurion Correspondence
95%

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Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
SACOB – South African College of Business
95%

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Business Literacy 1
Home Study Group (Pty)Ltd
95%

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Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Life Skills Facilitators
95%

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Business Literacy 1
Self studying
95%

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Business Literacy 2
IBTC – Correspondence (Cape Town)
95%

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Business Literacy 1
IBTC – Correspondence (Cape Town)
95%

Catharina Webster
Business Literacy 3
IBTC – Correspondence (Cape Town)
95%

Bandzile Simelane
Financial Statements
Mananga Centre
95%

Angela Santos
Cost and Management Accounting
MSC Business College – Benoni Correspondence
95%

Mienette Van Eck
Management
Centurion Academy – Wilkoppies
95%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Self studying
95%

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Cost and Management Accounting
Varsity College – Pietermaritzburg
95%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Incredible Skills
95%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Damelin – Mowbray
95%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Damelin – Mowbray
95%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Damelin – Mowbray
95%

Antoinette Bosch
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
SA College of Home Study
95%

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Fin Accountant: Management Accounting and Control Systems
Unigrad College
95%

Bertina Fourie
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Instructability – Correspondence
95%

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Business Literacy 1
Self studying
94%

Lenneth Bekeer
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
The Academy of Commerce and Accounting
94%

Crystal Van Rooyen
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Skills Academy Supported Learning
94%

Chevaughn Leesmann
Cost and Management Accounting
The Business Academy – Correspondence
94%

Emerentia Grove
OA: Human Resources Management & Labour Relations
Centurion Academy – Witbank
94%

Alicia Mocke
Fin Accountant: Corporate Strategy
Incredible Skills
94%

Nomagugu Dube
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Damelin – Randburg
94%

Hester Loock
Business Literacy 1
SA College of Home Study
93%

Marienne Snyman
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Unigrad College
93%

Elizabeth De Klerk
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Academy of York
93%

Kerstin Tilley
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
SA College of Home Study
93%

Hazel Mvula
Financial Statements
Falcon Business Institute
93%

Celeste Kleinhans
Cost and Management Accounting
SA College of Home Study
93%

Mmatumelo Nonyane
Financial Statements
Unigrad College
93%

Andre Rabie
Business Literacy 1
IBTC – Correspondence (Sandton)
93%

Naomi Els
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
SACOB – South African College of Business
93%

Bertha Robinson
Cost and Management Accounting
Self studying
93%

Adiela Jacobs
Fin Accountant: Management Accounting and Control Systems
Self studying
93%

Tania Hammond
Cost and Management Accounting
SACOB – South African College of Business
93%

Leigh-Anne Harvey
Cost and Management Accounting
Academy of York
93%

Tracy Ting Chong
Business Literacy 1
Varsity College – Port Elizabeth
93%

Nicole Van Der Merwe
Financial Statements
UniCollege
93%

Pamela Marrie
TFA: Business Law & Accounting Control
Self studying
93%

Nichola Seegers
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Damelin Correspondence College- Cape Town
93%

Lynnette Le Roux
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Academy of York
93%

Julie Surajlall
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Self studying
93%

Amanda Strauss
Fin Accountant: Management Accounting and Control Systems
Boston – Welkom
93%

Hester Loock
Business Literacy 2
SA College of Home Study
92%

Definite Moyo
Business Literacy 1
Skills Academy Supported Learning
92%

Njeni Sibongile
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Damelin – Benoni City
92%

Boitumelo Masemola
Fin Accountant: Management Accounting and Control Systems
Greenlane College
92%

Justina Manda
Cost and Management Accounting
Falcon Business Institute
92%

Toreen Pienaar
Cost and Management Accounting
Boston – Springs
92%

Agnes Van Zyl
Business Literacy 2
CTU Training – Vereeniging
92%

Agnes Van Zyl
Business Literacy 1
CTU Training – Vereeniging
92%

Mbongeni Mafuleka
Financial Statements
Durban University of Technology
92%

Rethabile Lefielo
Financial Statements
Damelin – Braamfontein
92%

Karl Cranko
Business Literacy 2
Aldes Training Academy
92%

Karl Cranko
Business Literacy 1
Aldes Training Academy
92%

Colleen Hartslief
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Damelin – Randburg
92%

Saira Little
Business Literacy 2
Self studying
92%

Saira Little
Business Literacy 1
Self studying
92%

Saira Little
Business Literacy 3
Self studying
92%

Mayibongwe Mpofu
Cost and Management Accounting
Falcon Business Institute
92%

Kelebogile Mogwasi
Business Literacy 2
Innovatus FET College – Randburg
92%

Vincent Hoy
Business Literacy 1
IBTC – Correspondence (Sandton)
92%

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Fin Accountant: Corporate Strategy
Incredible Skills
92%

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Fin Accountant: Corporate Strategy
Self studying
92%

Nomzamo Qwase
OA: Business Law & Administrative Practice
Boston – Johannesburg City
92%

Lee-anne Smith
Fin Accountant: Corporate Strategy
Incredible Skills
92%

Denise De Wet
Fin Accountant: Corporate Strategy
Incredible Skills
92%

Denise De Wet
Fin Accountant: Management Accounting and Control Systems
Incredible Skills
92%

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Fin Accountant: Management Accounting and Control Systems
Self studying
92%

Magda Fourie
Cost and Management Accounting
SACOB – South African College of Business
92%

Onkemetse Kelatwang
Fin Accountant: Corporate Strategy
Computer and Careers – Zeerust
92%

Sharon Brooks
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Vocational College Walvis Bay
92%

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Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Boston – Welkom
92%

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Business Literacy 1
SA College of Home Study
91%

Message Sibanda
Business Literacy 1
Self studying
91%

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Business Literacy 1
SA College of Home Study
91%

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Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Damelin – Benoni City
91%

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Business Literacy 1
Global Prospectus Development Institute – Correspondence
91%

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Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Self studying
91%

Ronel Riekert
Business Literacy 2
Self studying
91%

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Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
SA College of Home Study
91%

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Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Damelin Correspondence – Braamfontein
91%

Rebecca Nkulu
Financial Statements
Falcon Business Institute
91%

Hazel Mvula
Cost and Management Accounting
Falcon Business Institute
91%

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Cost and Management Accounting
CTU Training – Stellenbosch
91%

Theresa Ferreia
Cost and Management Accounting
CTU Training – Stellenbosch
91%

Mpumelelo Naught
Cost and Management Accounting
CTU Training – Vereeniging
91%

Nomvuselelo Ndzukule
OA: Business and Office Administration 2
Centurion Academy – Witbank
91%

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Cost and Management Accounting
Centurion Academy – Centurion
91%

Karl Cranko
Business Literacy 3
Aldes Training Academy
91%

Whanieta Briel
Cost and Management Accounting
SA College of Home Study
91%

Jeannine Toua
Financial Statements
IBTC – Correspondence (Cape Town)
91%

Jo-mary Scholtz
Business Literacy 1
Africa Skills Village(Training and Management Services)
91%

Deirdre Dique
Cost and Management Accounting
Milpark Education – Correspondence
91%

Esperance Moise
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Damelin – Mowbray
91%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
MSC Business College – Louis Trichardt
91%

Shivan Kurrun
Financial Statements
UniCollege
91%

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Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Damelin – Menlyn
91%

Francois Van Den Broek
Business Literacy 1
Damelin – Boksburg
91%

Theresa Pereira
Financial Statements
UniCollege
91%

Yolanda Gulston
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
University of South Africa
91%

Melannie Louw
Financial Statements
SA College of Home Study
91%

Debbie Visser
Cost and Management Accounting
Self studying
91%

Shannon Groenewald
Cost and Management Accounting
Instructability – Correspondence
91%

Aimee Mufuamba
Cost and Management Accounting
Falcon Business Institute
90%

Thomas Rawlins
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
IBTC – Correspondence (Cape Town)
90%

Melvin Govender
Business Literacy 2
Self studying
90%

Ronel Riekert
Business Literacy 3
Self studying
90%

Ilze West
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
SA College of Home Study
90%

Webster Mutambara
Cost and Management Accounting
Self studying
90%

Sandile Ngcobo
Jnr Bookkeeper: Payroll & monthly SARS returns
The Academy of Commerce and Accounting
90%

Lisa-mari Du Plooy
Business Literacy 1
Aldes Training Academy
90%

Justina Manda
Financial Statements
Falcon Business Institute
90%

Clement Mabasa
Public Accounting Administration
Falcon Business Institute
90%

Natasja Van Der Merwe
Financial Statements
Centurion Academy – Witbank
90%

Zoleka Hlatshwayo
Business Literacy 1
Academy of York
90%

Ariell Hancock
Cost and Management Accounting
Self studying
90%

Adél Muller
Business Literacy 1
The Academy of Commerce and Accounting
90%

Elisha Ramoo
Cost and Management Accounting
Richfield – Joe Slove
90%

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TFA: Business Law & Accounting Control
Academy of York
90%

Marike Ferreira
TFA: Business Law & Accounting Control
IBTC – Correspondence (Sandton)
90%

Simone Kilian
TFA: Income Tax Returns
Unigrad College
90%

Desiree Hollenbach
Financial Statements
Self studying
90%

Michelle Martin
Jnr Bookkeeper: Payroll & monthly SARS returns
SACOB – South African College of Business
90%

Lebohang Letsoalo
Cost and Management Accounting
Milpark Education – Correspondence
90%

Brilliant Mzila
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Greenlane College
90%

Yunus Hussain
Fin Accountant: Management Accounting and Control Systems
Self studying
90%

Lee Clayton
TFA: Business Law & Accounting Control
Academy of York
90%

Steven Ndlovu
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Self studying
90%

Refiloe Rathotse
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Damelin – Menlyn
90%

Mohamed Solomon
Fin Accountant: Management Accounting and Control Systems
Academy of York
90%

Trevor Oosthuizen
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Damelin Correspondence College- Cape Town
90%

Leandra Scholtz
TFA: Business Law & Accounting Control
Instructability – Correspondence
90%

Danolien Terblanché
Fin Accountant: Financial Reporting and Regulatory Framework
Court Campus
90%

Anleri Du Plessis
Cost and Management Accounting
Centurion Academy – Witbank
90%

 

Are Part-time and Contracting Accounting Jobs Right for You?

Accounting specialists are finding part-time and temporary, or contract employment an increasingly attractive option in today’s labour market. Part-time accounting jobs offer unique perks. For those accounting and finance professionals who have recently undergone a career setback or are looking to make a career or lifestyle change, flexible work arrangements can provide an ideal source of income. Even better, there’s a strong demand for such work:

A recent Accountemps survey found that one-third of CFO’s use temporary assignments to evaluate potential hires.

It’s important to recognise that, although temporary, contract and part-time work are all ways to gain professional flexibility, they aren’t synonymous.

A temporary job can require anything from a few hours a week to a 40-hour commitment but lasts for a defined period of time. Contracts can be much longer. Part-time accounting jobs, on the other hand, involve fewer hours per week than full-time jobs but are ongoing. The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, for example, defines part-time work as 1 to 34 hours per week.

Whatever path you choose, here’s how temporary, contracting and part-time accounting jobs can help you:

Access to new skills

An advantage of temporary, contracting and part-time jobs is the opportunity to learn new job skills, making you a better candidate for promotion and more marketable the next time you decide to test the employment waters.

The thrill of the new

A big plus of taking contracting accounting jobs is the sheer variety of the work you can do. Because many contracted assignments last for just a few weeks or months, interim workers are always exposed to new projects and employers. That makes this career option a great way to network with a wide range of accounting and finance professionals and use your experiences at different workplaces to determine the right career path for you.

Competitive compensation

You might be surprised to learn that you can earn competitive compensation through temporary and part-time accounting jobs.

In a recent survey, nearly 7 in 10 accounting and finance professionals said if they were given the opportunity to go back in time and change their career, they would stay put. 

Employers are extending traditional perks to temporary and part-time accounting workers in some instances because more and more people are working in these roles. In fact, in some segments of the industry, a large percentage of individuals hold part-time positions — about 25 percent of bookkeepers are part-time, for instance. At the same time, we are seeing steady growth in contracting jobs, and employers now regularly use interim accounting and finance professionals to fill short-term demands. As a result, hourly wages for both part-time accounting jobs are usually on par with — if not better than — full-time salaries. This is especially true for individuals who possess specialised skills.

Flexibility to the max

Temporary, contract and part-time accounting jobs offer the opportunity to better balance work and personal priorities because you’re not tied to a traditional full-time schedule. Parents, students and individuals nearing retirement, in particular, are often attracted to this type of work for this very reason.

The opportunity to take on more

Temporary  accounting jobs put you in a good position to pursue full-time work if you eventually decide to go that route. Employers often look to existing part-time, contracted and temporary workers first when filling new full-time positions. Managers know these professionals — what their work ethic is like, how they’ve performed in the job, how they fit with the corporate culture — so converting part-time or temporary workers to full-time status makes the hiring process quicker, easier and less risky.

Article originally published on Recruit My Mom