First impressions count

YOUNG people looking to secure a job in the workforce are encouraged to be prompt and prepared for their interview.

Brett McVea from National Locksmith in Penrith said, as an employer, he would be more likely to hire someone who was polite, well presented and punctual for an interview.

"You don't want someone who looks as though they just came from the pub," he said.

"What we are looking for is someone to impress you — to show you that they want the job and are trustworthy."

He said he had spent a few weeks interviewing young people for a position in his company.

He said he noticed many were not prepared and some even seemed uninterested.

"We interviewed 15 people and only one turned up in nice trousers and a shirt with a tie on," he said. "Some of them swore during the interview.

"I don't think they know that bad language doesn't impress people. It's not a right to be given a job, it's a privilege."

He also said first impressions were important not only during the interview process, but also when dealing with customers.

"You need to trust this person, and feel comfortable that the job is going to get done properly," he said. "It's important for our business, we need to be able to trust people with the keys [to] the city."

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