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How to present yourself at an interview

Written by Kimberley Startup | March 29, 2011 | 4 Comments

Career Advice

Did you know, a prospective employer will make their mind up about you in a matter of seconds?

This means knowing how to present yourself in a positive light is absolutely paramount to any job interview. How you look and behave in those first few minutes, or indeed seconds, could make a lasting effect on an interviewer.

It is cliché, but you do only have one chance to make a first impression. So get your first impression right.

Follow our top 5 tips on how to present yourself at an interview:

Be on time: it sounds simple but nothing says ‘unreliable’ like being late for a job interview.

Image:  your job interview should be treated as a formal affair, and so you should dress for this. It is always better to be a little overdressed. This shows you are taking the interview seriously. Along with your image, make sure you are well groomed.

Be prepared: research the office location, make a note of a contact number – just in case you get lost.

Body language: from the way you sit to what you do with your arms – everything will be taken into account. Ensure to maintain eye contact, don’t slouch and sit up straight.

Build rapport: shake hands with everyone you meet, smile and be polite – you never know who is responsible for hiring and firing. Do the same when you are ready to leave and thank them for their time.

If you’re looking for further information on interview technique, search through our range of resources for candidates.

Do you have any tips to add? Leave your comments below.

4 thoughts on “How to present yourself at an interview

  1. jobs in hounslow on Reply

    This is really great to read your article. Before i read your article i was really unconfident to get a job, but now ia m really confident to get a job now, your article just pumped me up. Thanks for the sharing.

  2. Web Recruit on Reply

    Great comments, Sean.

    There are a number of ways to research a company – look at their website, ask the HR department for a media pack, join the company’s LinkedIn group, follow them on Twitter, and even seeing what their competitors have to say about them!

  3. Sean Durrant on Reply

    Some advice I give my candidates are that it’s often a good idea to………
    • Always remember that interviews can sometimes be just as daunting for the interviewer as the interviewee
    • Research the company find out what they do
    • Have some questions prepared about the organisation and the job role (sometimes a lack of questions will be interpreted as you’re not interested)
    • Ask about the interest in the position to find out how much competition you’re facing
    • Ask the interviewer if they have any concerns about your ability to do the job and address any issues that they may raise
    • People often hire as much for attitude as ability, so it goes without saying that if you seem interested and enthusiastic about the role, then your interviewers will conclude that you are
    Hope this helps

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