We had an interview with Vanessa Raath and Lebogang Mojela from Its About People and the session was opened to INNOvatorz.IT members to ask them any questions related to recruitment, CV’s, preparing for interviews and also to get tips. Here is the full interview for those who missed it. Do share with others so we can all be better prepared for interviews. You will notice that the interview session hasn’t been edited and polished that much. I wanted to keep it as raw and as original as possible
Mixo: So can you guys tell us a bit about yourself. What is it that you
actually do and where do you work?
Vanessa Raath: OK – we are half of the ITS ABOUT PEOPLE Team. I am the
General Manager and Lebo is my Resourcer. We focus on IT Recruitment,
mainly in Gauteng but also in the Cape. Check us out on
www.itsaboutpeople.co.za. I will start with a Question: How many of you attach a
Skills Matrix when you submit your CV either to a client; an agency or
onto a Career Portal?
My name is Estelle Emako. I am a computer systems
student. And it has not been easy for me to get an internship. Therefore i
would like to improve my CV to that it could be more professional
Vanessa Raath: Hello Estelloise Emako – You need to include the
following information for your CV to be professional. For each job that
you have had: Name of the company; your position; was it permanent or
contract; what dates were you there for; what is the industry and why
did you leave them?
Mixo Fortune: So Vanessa Raath and Lebogang Mojela if one is still a
student what kind of information do they include in the “Skills
Lebogang Mojela: Qualification, experience and skills matrix
Aviwe Vellem: Hi guys. Adding on what Estelloise said, I have seen a lot of different CV
templates, but what are the key things your CV should have or the main
interest of recruiters when looking in a CV?
Vanessa Raath: You need to include your Skill Set on your CV – so
things like the programming languages; Infrastructure components;
networking tools etc.
Estelloise Emako: Do you also deal with international students? I can see
on your website that personal information needs ID Number.
Vanessa Raath: Estelloise Emako – International Students are slightly
more difficult as Internships and Learnerships are normally only for
South African citizens
Aviwe Vellem: So do you really trust the information you see on a
Skills Matrix? Is it something that works for recruiters? Because
applying for a job involves many people and of course you wanna be
selected for an interview, what if someone lies? I know all will be
proven during the interview but it could be waste of company time and
maybe miss the right candidates
Vanessa Raath: Aviwe Vellem – All IT candidates are thoroughly tested
so we will know if they have lied on their Skills Matrix. Most
companies will not even schedule an interview until we send them the
test results. A Skills Matrix makes on IT candidate stand out from the
others as it takes more time and effort to complete.
Mudzuli Sivhidzho: what key points to be mention if am ask during the
interview “tell us about yourself?”
Mudzuli Sivhidzho: what key points to be mention if am ask during the
interview “Why should we hire you?”
Mudzuli Sivhidzho: should i put technologies that i have learn from
school but never apply them on industry level on the skills Matrix?
Lebogang Mojela: Mudzuli Sivhidzho you need to mention your hobbies
and always good to know about your IT activities during your spare
time like building apps etc…
Vanessa Raath: Mudzuli Sivhidzho – When asked why they should hire
you, you need to show your hard work ethic; how you plan on making a
difference and completing work to the best of your ability with little
fuss. You need to show that you are not a political player – you are
going to keep ‘your nose clean and get the job done!
Aviwe Vellem: Thanks Vanessa… How does one get assistance from Its
About People in finding a job?
Vanessa Raath: Aviwe Vellem – you would need to register on our website
and follow us on Twitter at @its_about_peopl and on our
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/itsaboutpeople as we often post
jobs there too
Rudzani Nemukondeni: Is it necessary to list grade 12 and all my
academic subjects i have done in the cv
Lebogang Mojela: Rudzani Nemukondeni, yes for junior candidates (less
than 5yrs experience) it is important to show your subjects and
grades. Clients always like to see this.
Mixo Fortune: There is a huge debate going on about Cover Letters. How
important is a cover letter? And should one still send it even if they
haven’t requested it?
Vanessa Raath: Cover Letters are no longer needed and
are just adding to the demise of trees for the waste of paper! Rather
send a personalised message in the body of the email to the Recruiter
Mixo Fortune: Thanks Vanessa. We shall save the trees
Mixo Fortune: What are some of the big mistakes that people make when
they apply and what will make you guys as Recruiters to not even pay
attention to a specific candidate?
Vanessa Raath: The worst things that I always see on CVs are spelling
and grammatical errors. I think this is a very poor reflection on the
candidate and shows disrespect to the clients. Also your setting out
needs to be clear and easy to follow.
Mudzuli Sivhidzho: What is key aspects that need to be in place for
student (No work exp.) CV? What makes student not receive interview
calls from employer even he/she is sending CV to many places?
Vanessa Raath: Prospective clients like to see that you have had part
time work and have not sat back and did nothing with all that free
time you have as a student. This shows a good work ethic and a desire
to do better in life. You also should show some kind of community
involvement like through Church Activities or committees you’ve sat on
at University etc. Any Leadership roles should also be mentioned
Mixo Fortune: Most of us are on many social networks and use them for a
variety of things. How can Social networks help us land the job or even
make us not get that job?
Vanessa Raath: Social Networks can really assist you or you can
eliminate yourself from the running very quickly! All good recruiters
do back ground checks on people and that includes checking candidate’s
Internet Footprints. If you are seen to be a Thought Leader in a
certain area – like if I check your Twitter Feed and you are posting
good articles and making good comments it puts you in a positive
light. However if you have the drunk photos from the weekend on your
facebook page. I may think twice before referring your CV to one of my
Mixo Fortune: Any particular social networks that you guys do recommend
for us to use to connect with potential employers
Lebogang Mojela: Mixo Fortune LinkedIn, twitter and Facebook try to
make sure your profile is clean
Mixo Fortune: I see our time is almost up. Thank you Vanessa Raath and
Lebogang Mojela for your time. I hope this isn’t the last time we do
Vanessa Raath: Pleasure – thank you very much! We would love to help
you out again! 🙂
Lebogang Mojela: Pleasure 🙂
Mudzuli Sivhidzho: Thanks Mixo Fortune, Vanessa Raath, Lebogang Mojela
your time I learned a lot today and I think this session must come