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7 Steps to Help you to Prepare for a Job Interview in a Short Notice: Read This and Watch a Video

When you’re looking for a job and you get a call from a potential employer asking for an interview, the natural instinct is to drop everything and make it happen. This instinct is absolutely right. The last thing you want is to miss an opportunity because you were too “busy” to make it. But with a 24-hour period you should be able to properly prepare for an interview and impress the potential employer. Here are some tips for preparing for a job interview on short notice.

1. Prepare your clothing

One-hour Martinizing is your friend. If you don’t have time to do your laundry, take advantage of fast dry cleaning. The first impression is a key part of any interview. You need to look sharp. With a short time to prepare you won’t have a chance to get a haircut or buy new shoes that you would under other circumstances, but you can look good in your clothes.

2. Practice your elevator pitch

You should always spend time before interviews preparing responses to typical interview questions. When preparing on short notice, you might not have the time. Rather than rehearsing responses to a bunch of questions, do yourself a favor and finalize your elevator pitch, which is the one-minute message you want to convey about yourself. It should include your accomplishments and what you can offer the company. You want to have this near memorized, not to the point you recite it word-for-word, but to where you know exactly what you want to say. Review the job description and isolate the job requirements and demonstrate how your successes have prepared you to meet this company’s needs. When you have your pitch down think a bit about those typical interview questions.

3. Study the job description and your resume

Carefully review the various requirements in the job description. Since you are limited on time to prepare, spend the bulk of your time working through the job description. For every requirement you want to have an example of your own related ability—be it how you’ve succeeded at that task in the past or how your previous experience has prepared you. It can be helpful to put your resume right next to the job description and connect the dots. Focus on those elements that relate to the job description. Reread your cover letter in case it comes up.

4. Have 1-2 questions to ask the interviewer

Every job interview usually ends the same way, with the interviewer asking if you have any questions. This is the opportunity for you to show how well you understand the job and the company and how well you have been listening. Be sure you take the time to develop some insightful questions. Unless it’s a major concern or potential stumbling block, avoid the temptation of asking about salary, benefits and so forth. Focus on the job—expectations, projections, items that are unclear in the description, etc. The interview should be a two-way conversation. Have talking points for your interviewer.

5. Review for any front-page company news

It’s always a good idea to get familiar with the ins and outs of a company before you go in for the interview. With a short time to prepare you’re not going to have a chance to read every press release and browse through every page of the company’s website. Review only the latest company press releases and search the web for any recent news regarding the company or the industry. Show your potential employer that you are informed.

6. Finalize your schedule

Once you get the call you’ll have to make your schedule accommodate the interview. If you’re currently working, that’s going to be an issue. On short notice, you may have to call in sick. Use this as a last resort. Try to schedule the interview so you can leave work early or arrive late. If you interview before you go into work, wear clothes you would wear to work. You don’t want anyone to notice you have a job interview. If you dress like you’re going to a job interview everyday, great. Otherwise, bring a change of clothes.

7. Get some rest

Although you may feel the need to spend extra time preparing for the job interview, it’s also important that you go in fresh, rested, and ready to go. To this end, be sure to get a good night’s sleep before you go in for the interview. The rest will ensure that you make it to the interview on time and are sharp and ready to go.

Watch: Video by SkilloPedia

If you end up dealing with a job interview on short notice, don’t panic. You won’t be able to prepare as much as you might like, but you’ll still have time to make a good first impression.


Video and Image: YouTube/SkiloPedia

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200 People Wanted for Contact Centre Marketing Training [R2500 Per Month]

The Astral Group has partnered with Careers IT and wishes to train approximately 200 school leavers on an accredited full qualification focused on marketing in a Contact Centre environment.

Marketing Learnership (NQF Level 4)


Only applicants from the Durban and surrounding area will be considered

The Astral Group comprises a dynamic group of companies that specializes in Property development, Information Technology and Lifestyle Services.

Careers IT is a training organization accredited by MICT, Services SETA and LG SETA and has been developing people skills since 1994. Careers IT provides a comprehensive range of Business Skills and IT training that has been designed to enhance the productivity, efficiency and workplace placement of trainees.


  • The Astral Group has partnered with Careers IT and wishes to train approximately 200 school leavers on an accredited full qualification focused on marketing in a Contact Centre environment
  • Candidates that successfully complete the program will receive a Further Education & Training Certificate in Marketing: NQF Level 4
  • Candidates that enter the Accelerated Training and Workplace Placement Program will be fully funded by the Astral Group for the duration of the program
  • The Accelerated Training and Workplace Placement Program consists of theory and practical application of skills in the workplace
  • Candidates will receive a monthly stipend of R2500 for every successful month completed in the program
  • Candidates that complete the program successfully will be guaranteed placement within the Astral Group of companies

The following qualification is offered:

Further Education & Training Certificate: Marketing

  • SAQA ID 67464
  • NQF Level 4
  • Credits: 139
  • Duration: 1 year

On achieving this qualification, the learner will be able to:

  1. Work and comply with organisational ethics, concepts and cultures
    • The importance of team work and communication with all relevant stakeholders is demonstrated in order to meet marketing requirements and objectives
    • The principles of marketing are demonstrated and related to the needs of various stakeholders
    • Marketing activities and rules are described and discussed related to the impact of non-compliance
  2. Meet marketing objectives with available resources
    • Decisions to select and utilise resources are made and the appropriate expertise is used
    • The legal and ethical requirements in marketing are described and discussed related to non-compliance
  3. Position and promote products to meet customer’s needs
    • Identified customers are given the correct information (features, advantages, benefits) to enable them to make informed buying decisions
    • Promotions, which deal with either brand, product or service are dealt with in accordance with the expected outcomes of a range of existing promotional opportunities
    • The importance and specific place of product positioning in Marketing is explained with examples
    • The importance and specific place of target markets in Marketing is explained with examples, by demonstrating an all rounded understanding of its importance and place in the Marketing
  4. Maintain internal and external customer satisfaction levels
    • The importance of understanding the needs of internal and external stakeholders, as well as the importance of marketing as a profession is explained in relation to the processes of marketing
    • Customers are identified and constructive relationships are ensured by ongoing liaison
    • Appropriate methods, techniques and principles of dealing with customers and clients are applied to ensure that all stakeholders are informed up to acceptable levels
  5. Apply aspects of marketing
    • The definition and application of marketing is explained in terms of international definitions and trends
    • Standard practices and processes within the selected marketing discipline are performed in an integrated way to other disciplines of Marketing

Other Free Trainings Opportunities

Free Online Courses

1.Diploma in Digital Marketing 

2.Diploma in Nutrition 

3.Diploma in Financial Trading and Investment 

4.Diploma in Graphic Design 

5.Diploma in Health and Fitness 

6.Diploma in Web Development 

7.Diploma in Weight Loss 

8.Diploma in Photoshop 

9.Diploma in Sports Nutrition 

10.Diploma in App Development 

11.Diploma in Photography 

12.Written English for Emails and Online Communications 

13.Job Seeking and CV Presentation


The entry requirements for this programme are as follows:

  • Ability to understand spoken and written English
  • Analytical Ability:
    • Simple Reasoning
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Multiplication
    • Division
  • Verbal and written communication skills:
    • Grammar
    • Comprehension
    • Clarity of speech
    • Pronunciation
  • Desktop computer skills:
    • Ability to use PC system
    • Ability to navigate using mouse
    • Ability to use browser
  • Clear Integrity checks:
    • No Criminal Background

How to Apply

Closing date: 12 January 2018

Forward your application, consisting of:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Copy of ID


Andre James | Sales Manager | Astral Group

Email: andrej@astralgroup.co.za

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Sunshine Cinema Scholarship in Filming

The SAE Institute in Cape Town is South Africa’s internationally accredited tertiary institution and is proud to announce its latest scholarship opportunity for South Africans interested in learning Film Production at a state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Cape Town at the renowned Woodstock Exchange.


The Hlubi Mboya Arnold Sunshine Cinema Scholarship will cover the full tuition fees for SAE’s full-time Higher Certificate in Film Production at the SAE Institute in Woodstock, Cape Town.

Hlubi is an award winning film and television actress, social justice and civil rights activist, sponsored athlete, educator scholar and social entrepreneur.

Hlubi, alongside Gareth Armstrong also produces Future CEO’s on CliffCentral assisting young, ambitious, up and coming, high-potential entrepreneurs and executives to grow their businesses and fast-track their careers.

Sunshine Cinema is a solar powered mobile cinema that converts solar energy into social impact.

To launch the scholarship, SAE and Hlubi, in partnership with Sunshine Cinemas, will be presenting a FREE evening master classes on November 23rd at the Woodstock SAE Campus.

This master class will provide the ideal opportunity for to learn new skills, pick up important tips and network with like-minded individuals.

This impact focused Storytelling master class will cover the following topics:

  • Education for empowerment
  • Women & the SA entertainment industry
  • Storytelling & media advocacy
  • Alternative distribution

Sunshine Cinema is a solar powered mobile cinema that converts solar energy into social impact.

We take compelling and carefully curated content to a diverse array of communities across Southern Africa and beyond.

Sunshine Cinema’s Sydelle Willow Smith explains further, “We are driven by a strong desire to create communal cinema experiences that act as a catalyst for dialogue, deep listening and ultimately positive social and environmental change.

Sunshine Cinema isn’t just a mobile movie theater.

We are an ethically-minded media company that produces films and virtual reality segments with meaningful messages.

We are proud to be partnering with SAE to offer this scholarship, as we are firm believers in strengthening the local industry to ensure more diverse voices from the continent are heard. “

This scholarship is just the latest to be announced, with other scholarship partnerships between SAE and well-known industry names including Ready D, AKA, Skrilllex and Black Coffee.

The scholarship is open to all South African citizens and all candidates must hold a Grade 12 certificate.

The scholarship is only valid for the July 2018 study intake.

Candidates will be responsible for all living and travel expenses should they come from outside of Cape Town.

In order to apply for the scholarship, candidates must complete the application form, SAE will then send you a follow up e-mail detailing the next steps to complete your application.

The scholarship is open to all South African citizens and all candidates must hold a Grade 12 certificate.

The scholarship is only valid for the July 2018 study intake. Candidates will be responsible for all living and travel expenses should they come from outside of Cape Town.

 How to Apply

In order to apply for the scholarship, candidates must complete the application form, we will then send you a follow up e-mail detailing the next steps to complete your application.

Sunshine Cinema will make the final decision on who the successful candidate will be.



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Mr Price Groups is Hiring: See How to Apply

Location: Durban

We are looking for recent grads with an excellent academic record, a passion for fashion and a humble energy that demands attention.

The development and growth of Trainees (Grads) is a key focus for the Group as a whole. We believe in home-grown talent, and as such we have designed and packaged bespoke development programmes for a number of key functions in the business, for example Merchandise Buying, Merchandise Planning, IT and Store Management.

We do also often look for Graduates in Marketing, Finance, and HR.

The Mr Price Group is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to Employment Equity.

How To Apply

Apply Online for the Mr Price Graduate / Internship Programme

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Comair Graduates Programme Johannesburg

Location: Johannesburg

Comair Limited is looking for applicants for a Graduate Programme based in Bonaero Park, Johannesburg. The Graduate Programme is ideal for candidates who possess strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

The successful Graduates will gain exposure to specialist functions within the organisation including:

  • Airline Revenue Management
  • Scheduling
  • Airline Pricing
  • eCommerce
  • Information Technology (IT)

In addition to the above, Graduates will be rotated through various departments and given an opportunity to acquire valuable work experience.

Key Performance Areas

  • Build key relationships within the business
  • Conduct extensive research
  • Gain organisational knowledge
  • Achieve suitable work place readiness
  • Deliver on specific project outcomes


Completed Bachelors Degree or equivalent in one of the following areas (Essential):

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Economics
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering

How To Apply

Apply Online for the Comair Graduate / Internship Programme

Closing Date: 31 January 2018

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