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What to expect

At Ackermans, we want to make sure that we recruit people who will succeed in, and enjoy, our dynamic environment. Our HR team has devised a selection process, which involves competency-based interviews and psychometric assessments.

Interview tips

1. Present yourself well

  • First impressions count, so stand out for the right reasons
  • Relax
  • Present your abilities honestly
  • Treat the interview as a discussion, rather than an assessment
  • Be professional - in the way you dress, your gestures, facial expressions and in the way you communicate

2. Come prepared

  • Make sure you know as much as possible about Ackermans, as well as the name and title of the person interviewing you
  • Use our website to research and learn about our company
  • This shows that you are enthusiastic about the position and Ackermans and helps demonstrate how your skills,
    knowledge and values match what we are looking for
  • You will come across as self-assured, informed and assertive – qualities that we look for

3. Ask questions

  • Be prepared to answer the usual questions, such as “tell me about yourself”, your goals, experience, etc.
  • Also prepare your own questions about the position and about Ackermans
  • Ask questions directly related to the position that your are applying for
  • Do not mention or ask about salary, benefits and leave until you are actually offered the position

4. Leave a good impression

  • The way you leave an interview may be the way you are remembered
  • Indicate your interest in the position
  • Thank your interviewer and offer a firm handshake on departure

CV Writing Tips

When crafting the perfect CV, it helps to keep it relevant and easy to read. It’s a good idea to start with your personal details at the top and expand on your CV from there:

1. Personal Information

You should put the most relevant information at the top. Try it in this order:

  • Name and surname
  • ID Number
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Contact number
  • Email address
  • Physical address

2. Educational Background

  • Start with your most recent educational institutions, dates and qualifications
  • Include the proper, full description of your qualification
  • Let your potential employer know if you are still busy with a course by titling this section “CURRENTLY”
  • List all the training you’ve had that’s relevant to the position you’re applying for
  • Avoid using acronyms and write names and qualifications out in full

3. Employment History

  • Start with your most recent work experience
  • Provide the name of the company, along with the specific reference to the month and year you worked there
  • Give a short reason for leaving the company

4. References

  • List 2 to 3 contactable references
  • Provide alternative contact numbers for each reference
  • Indicate the relationship between you and your contact person, as well as their job title at the time

5. General Information

  • List any work-related awards and recognition received
  • If relevant, shortly list projects worked on outside of employment
  • List important and transferable skills that you’ve acquired from these projects and positions, i.e. computer skills, foreign language skills, accreditation or certifications

Some positions may require you to submit a covering letter, which should be a brief overview of your overall application