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#BAFTATV - Why an interview is like a first date

04 May 2016

This Sunday (8 May) the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) television awards take place. Celebrating the best television programmes from 2015, the award ceremony takes place at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Celebrities will begin arriving on the red carpet from 5pm and the ceremony will begin from 7pm. It will be broadcast from 8pm on BBC One. Taking place annually since 1954, initially there were six categories. Today there are 10 categories. In the lead up to the ceremony we are looking at how you can career inspiration from TV programmes and those nominated for awards.

Channel 4’s First Dates will be battling it out to be awarded the BAFTA for Reality & Constructed Factual TV programme. The show, which documents people’s first dates in a restaurant, is compulsive as viewers share the participants’ awkward moments and their joy.

The nervous participants go through the same roller-coaster of emotions felt by interviewees. Both are being judged and need to measure up to the high standards demanded.

To start with it is essential daters and jobseekers make sure they look the business. Both need to carefully choose what they will wear. Nicola Squibb, Prospects Regional Manager always recommends spending a bit of extra time choosing what to wear.

Nicola advises: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression, make sure you’re as attractive as possible to potential new employers.”

Before a date or interview Nicola recommends thinking about what you have to offer, for jobseekers she suggests: “One quick way is to use the Skills Health Check tool available on the National Careers Service website. This will help you identify your strengths so you can be at your best. It also has hints to improve your skills to make you a better catch.”

Once you have made a great first impression you need to win your date, or interviewer, over. Each date is different, but it’s good to prepare some questions to help you find out more about your partner. This is also a great tip for an interview. But remember, in an interview you’ll be expected to talk more about yourself than on a date - it’s best not to talk about yourself all the time when you are on date!

In the interview you will need to talk about your past experience, why you are the right candidate for the job and convince the recruiter that you are the right choice. You can contact the National Careers Service for more interview tips.

Good luck if you are jobsearching this weekend, and fingers crossed for First Dates and all the nominees in this Sunday’s House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards.

Follow @ProspectsGroup on Twitter and share your thoughts on what roles interest you and why – don’t forget to use #Baftacareers

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