I am a big advocate of my candidates preparing for their interviews. I always send them my client’s website and the names of the person (or people) that they will be meeting with so they can research them. I even go as far as to encourage them to ‘cyber-stalk’ their interviewees as it’s good to know what sort of a background they are coming from as this will influence their line of questioning.

I do however feel that there is such a thing as over preparing for your interview and this will probably result in you coming across as very ‘wooden’ and lacking in passion. You will also be trying so hard to remember what you have read the ‘best’ answer will be that you will not answer what has been asked of you. Remember to be yourself and not just give ‘textbook’ style answers.

Follow these Five Tips and you will Ace every Interview that you Attend:

•Arrive 10 minutes earlier for your Interview: Do not arrive any earlier or any later for your appointment. There is nothing worse than having to sit in the reception area while people stare at the potential ‘new guy’ whilst rating you out of ten. I do not need to go into too much detail about why you shouldn’t be late for an interview. Ever. No excuses will ever be good enough to come back from being late for an interview! Just don’t do it.

•Dress to Impress: By this I do not mean dress like Wonder Woman because you always wanted to be her! You need to always look smart to make your first impression count. This is easy for men as you should always wear a suit – I insist that a tie is a must but a jacket is optional depending on the role that you are interviewing for. For the Ladies, black and white is always a good combination and looks smart. Just remember the obvious pointers of no short skirts, plunging necklines, bright red lipstick etc

•Listen carefully to the Whole Question: Do not interrupt the person asking the question but listen carefully as some questions will require two parts to your answer! Once you have listened to the question, take a few seconds to structure the best possible answer in your head, then start talking. Make sure that you answer everything that was required of you in the question – there is nothing worse than a partly answered question.

•Make sure your Answer are to the Point – do not Waffle: Too many candidates lose the interview with their long winded answers. Please fight the urge to fill empty spaces with mindless drivel! There is no such thing as an awkward silence in an interview. Answer each question with a concise, clear and accurate explanation – I would recommend that you use an example from your previous/current role too.

•Be Positive and Passionate: These are two of the most important characteristics that people look for during an interview. You need to be passionate about your next career move – be it in a marketing, admin or IT role; if you do not have passion for what you want to do you may as well change careers now. You also want to be positive as this will come through in your body language and it will also ensure that you smile a lot. No one wants a ‘Negative Ned’ on their team to change the whole dynamic.

Remember these pointers and I will put money on the fact that you will ace your next job interview!

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  1. nico tsotetsi

    I was arrest on 2012 the case was taken to court and thrown out in court it was a fraut case and i want to apply for clearance for my name and also a police clearance cose I’ve been applied for saveral job then they reject me please help me my ID no is 7905175404089

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – are you based in Johannesburg? If so, I need you to come in for fingerprinting please? Thank you

      • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – are you based in Johannesburg? If so, I need you to come in for fingerprinting please? Thank you

      • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way!

  2. Roshuma masindi

    my name its Roshuma masindi I want to check that I have a criminal record coz the case I have its withdrawal in 2016

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – are you based in Johannesburg? If so, I need you to come in for fingerprinting please? Thank you

      • hi i am based in boksburg, and i need help to have my name cleared , i had a clearance certificate, but it hasnt helped as i am still not able to get a job.

        • Vanessa Raath

          Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

  3. i was arrested for murder in 2003 i was charged manslaughter
    then i was sentence 3years in 2004
    does my criminal record still stand what must i do
    to clear it.i cant find work they say i still
    have a criminal record.

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

      • I was arrested for taking money frm my my trasport company n been arrested n been 3year for 300days outside. So pls help me cs i dnt find better job via tht record.pls help me id 7104225318081.

        • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  4. MOHAMED FIROZE

    Good day

    In 2012 i had a court case for fraud. I paid a fine. I am not sure if i have a criminal record. How do i find out? Can you help?

  5. hello, i was charged for theft but the case was withdrawn in court, i went to do fingerprints at the SAPS and the certificate came back saying i have a criminal record Theft(accused), im based in nelspruit

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

  6. Hello I am now 53 years old however I had a criminal record when I was 20 years old

    How do I find out if that is still on record please

    Thanks

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

    • Vanessa Raath

      Hello – you should be able to expunge this record after 10 years. Maybe seek legal assistance to help you? We can only tell if you have a record or not and what it is for. Thank you

  7. Thabo Gilbert Dlamini

    hi guys my name is Thabo Gilbert Dlamini i was arrested in 2014 for smoking a join police took my fingerprints so i want to know if i’ve got a criminal record

    • Vanessa Raath

      Please go to your local police station and ask them to run a criminal check against your ID number. All the best

  8. Vanessa Raath

    Hello – I am not sure. Go to your local police station and ask them to run a criminal check on you. All the best

  9. Vanessa Raath

    Hello – it will always be there unless you apply to have it expunged which you can do after 10 years have pasted.

  10. Hi , I have been told I have a case that was opened against me for assault. How do I check whether the person is lying or it really is in effect. I haven’t asalted anyone , I’m being falsely accused

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  11. meshack ntuthuzelo ntentema

    Hi i was arrested for common assault and intimidation, but unfortunately summons were issued and i was able to go home and Waite for court date. after everything the case was withdrawn by plaintiff in court, do i have a criminal record perhaps?

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  12. Hi… I was locked at the holding cells for 48hrs and charged for theft but the matter didnt go to court.. Do i have a criminal record? Please

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  13. My brother works in Vietnam. Ever year they want a criminal record check. Odd cause last year and year before they confirmed no criminal record. Does he truly need to come home for this to be done again as he has not been home since the last one. Working abroad to pay off student loans – flying home for this is expensive but a requirement from country where he works annually.

  14. Surprise Mlotshwa

    Hi, i was also arrested in 2015 septembèr 17 for shoplifting and i was convicted and sentenced to 3 month imprisonment with an option of paying a fine of R1000. I was told by the police officer to come back for clearance but he was not sure but he assumed maybe after 3 years, is the right time for me to go and do clearance? Thanks

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  15. Hi guys I have been arrested in 2001 my cas was struck off Roll but still my finger print says I have criminal record although I did name clearance.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  16. I have been arrested but my cas was in Struck off Roll but when I do finger prints it says I have criminal records although I did name clearance .

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  17. Hellow how long to clear finger print i was found guilt 2013 of fraud was not arrested …..i want to apply for gov job is it possible to get a job?

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  18. Hello i was arrested for domestic violence lastyear,my fingerprints were taken but i was released the nextday my case never made it to court does it mean i have a criminal record?

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  19. Portia Nonzuzo zulu

    Hello my brother was arrested last year the police found him smoking dagga and he spent a night a the police station does it means he have a criminal record.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  20. Hi I am Englishman but lived in South Africa from the age of 16 to age about 60. I have returned to UK about 3; years ago. I am thinking of returning to SA but would like to know if I have any pending convictions against me please.
    Thank You

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  21. I made fraud of child support grant in 2006 , i plead guilty and they gave me suspension of five years not commiting crime.so is my name stil in criminal record?

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed. We are based in Fourways in JHB

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weeks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek legal assistance to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passed.

  22. Hi,I was charged for armed robbery in 2015 but the charges where withdrawn earlier this year 20 Jan 2017 but the case still appears as an awaiting trialThe investigating officer always tells me that docket is at court for a final decision,what do I do?

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek leagal assisatnce to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passsed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek leagal assisatnce to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passsed.

  23. hi I my state lawyer said that I must plead guilty bcz the case will take long so I didn’t know what to do bcz i never been in court before as a posission of dagga in the yard that I was renting to now I have criminal record this happens in 2012

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek leagal assisatnce to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passsed.

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way! If it still appears you need to seek leagal assisatnce to get it removed- you can only do this after 10 years have passsed.

  24. Hi I waz arrested on shoplifting on 2012 and they did took my finger print and the case was withdraw does this mean I have a criminal record

    • Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way!

  25. Hello – I would pop into your local police station. Ask them to run a criminal check on you. Should take about 5 minutes, and then up to 6 weks for the results. Should cost about R50. Will be easiest to do it this way!

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