How to present yourself at an interview
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.
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