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How To Make A Great First Impression At A Job Interview

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First impressions count, especially at job interviews! Following these 7 tips will help you make a great one:

1. Be punctual

Arriving around 10 minutes early will show that you have good timekeeping skills. It will also allow you to observe the workplace dynamics and relax before your interview.

2. Look the part

A clean, tidy and organised appearance is essential for all kinds of job interview. It’s essential to any good first impression for that matter! If you did your research, you should be confident in what to wear to your interview. Reach out to your recruiter if you’re unsure.

3. Give a friendly, confident greeting

Greeting your interviewer by name and offering a firm handshake will contribute to a friendly first impression. Please avoid breaking their hand though!

4. Be aware of body language

You need to show the interviewer that you’re happy to be there and interested in the opportunity, so positive body language is key.

Our eyes tend to move around when we’re preparing an answer, but try to avoid looking away when you’re asked a question. And look at the interviewer when they’re talking.

Remember to sit up straight, too! You can also gesture with your hands when speaking to show enthusiasm.

5. Practise your answers

Are there any questions you’re anticipating? Practising your answers with a friend is a good way to prepare. Responding to initial questions with confidence will help you make a great first impression.

6. Bring examples

A tailored portfolio will show the interviewer that you put a lot of thought into preparing. It could also set you apart from other candidates.

7. Take your research

Taking your research on the role and company will show the interviewer that you did your homework. Also, if you draw a complete blank when asked about either, you’ll have some notes to fall back on!

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