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  1. Job Interviews and Your Body Language: Part Two

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    Last week, we highlighted the importance of your body language during a job interview. Here is part two, which highlights what NOT to do during your all-important interview:

    • Be overconfident: Being overconfident during an interview is a definite no no. Walking into an interview thinking that you have already got the job can be hugely detrimental. Coming across as confident during your interview, rather than arrogant is vital.
    • Offer a weak handshake: A weak handshake not only indicates a lack of confidence, but it can also be very awkward! Try and mirror your interviewer’s handshake and apply the same amount of pressure.
    • Slouch: Bad posture can make you look bored and uninterested. The same goes for crossing your arms and legs; this can often be seen negatively. Effectively, you are closing yourself off from the situation.
    • Stare: It is always important to maintain eye contact, but there is a comfortable limit. There’s a fine line between being attentive and being intense.
    • Play with your hair: It seems so obvious, but as with most body language, you often don’t know you’re doing it. Be aware of any bad habits you have before your interview and keep them in the back of your mind. If you’re not aware of any, try asking a few people before your interview and see what they say.
    • Fidget: Try to avoid moving around too much. Nervously moving your feet or constantly changing position will only make you look awkward and uncomfortable. Whilst it’s important not to look too wooden, fidgeting can be just as bad.

     

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  2. Job Interviews and Your Body Language: Part One

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    Body language is so important when thinking about your job interview preparation. Statistics reveal that the average time it takes for someone to form an opinion of you is between five and thirty seconds. When you only have a short amount of time to sell yourself in your interview, this could be the deciding factor in whether you get your dream job or not!

    Here is part one in this series, which highlights our top tips on how to hold yourself during your interview:

    • Walk in confidently: It’s important that you look as professional as possible from the moment you walk in the door. As soon as you walk into the building, you will begin to be marked on your behaviour and general attitude.
    • Deliver a firm handshake: A good, firm handshake will show not only that you are confident, but it is also a universal sign of strength.
    • Sit up straight: Avoid being too stiff, but try to sit up straight. Keep your legs straight and as still as possible. It’s perfectly acceptable to lean forward slightly every so often, as it shows the interviewer that you are listening and keen.
    • Keep eye contact: Maintaining eye contact shows the interviewer you are not intimidated and that you are taking everything in. If you feel uncomfortable, look away for a few seconds or try looking at their nose! Ten seconds of good eye contact at a time is a good guideline.
    • Smile: A smile goes a long way! It makes you look more relaxed, comfortable and personable. To put it simply, it will make you more likeable!
    • Watch your hands: Most people have trouble with this one. It’s fine to be animated with your hands to make a point, but don’t go overboard. Keep your arms uncrossed and your hands away from your face. If in doubt, simply place them on your thighs.
    • Take notes: Taking notes not only shows you are keen to get the job, but if you are of a nervous disposition, then taking notes will help with this.

     

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  3. 8 Top Job Interview Preparation Tips

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    Going for an interview can be both exciting and nerve racking. Hopefully, if everything goes well, you will get your dream job and continue your career path! Before you attend your interview, it is essential to prepare. This shows commitment and interest for the position, which will work well in your favour.

    Here are our 8 top job interview preparation tips to help you for that all-important day:

    Interview questions: Before you go to your interview, it is always a great idea to think about the questions they may ask and mentally prepare yourself.  For example, questions like ‘Why do you want to work here?’ At the same time, think about your own questions you want to ask about the company and the job itself.

    Dress for the occasion: Most interviewers expect you to be smart and dressed appropriately for the interview. Doing otherwise may give a bad impression.

    Be open minded: You may be asked some surprising questions, so go with an open mind. Try not to be surprised or agitated by them. Here, you need to show you can think on your feet. At the same time, be armed with good examples of how you have done your work in past roles, to use when answering.

    Research the company: Before the interview, look at their website, including the news section (if there is one). Look at the services they provide and who the key people are. This shows you are interested. It is always a good idea to find out who is on the interview panel as well.

    Manage your nerves: It can be difficult, but try and practice techniques to manage your nerves. This can include taking a deep breath and pause before answering to collect your thoughts. Try not to rush or stumble over your words and keep the language simple.

    Be honest: Try and be honest in your responses and refrain from exaggerating. Clearly you need to sell yourself, but make sure you are clear on your skills and qualifications.

    Research the industry: In addition to researching the company, look at industry news websites to see what the big issues and trends are. Use this knowledge if possible when answering questions; you will get extra brownie points here!

    Be positive: Make sure you go in with a positive outlook. This includes your body language. The fact you have been given an interview means they think you could do the job.

     

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  4. Job Interview Tips

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    Let’s be honest; job interviews can be really nerve racking. You’ve spent time researching the company, the job role and preparing yourself for every question possible. All you have to do now is get the job; easier said than done we know!

    We are here to help, so here are our top job interview tips:

    • Try to gain as much information as possible about what to expect at interview. This will ensure you are prepared. There is nothing worse than being interviewed by a number of people when you were only expecting one.
    • Research the company. They would be very disappointed, if you have not, given how easy it is to obtain information with today’s technology.
    • Research the interviewer – Linked In is a good starting point.
    • Be confident. Your CV, skills and experience have got you through the door, so remember this!
    • Be punctual but not too early. If you are really early, do not go in until about 15 minutes before the interview time.
    • Plan your route or even do the journey prior to the actual interview.
    • Give a firm hand shake.
    • Be smart and comfortable. Your opinion of smart maybe different from someone else’s, so gain advice on what you plan to wear.
    • Ensure your clothing is appropriate for the time of year and temperature. If you have a long journey and the weather is really warm, take a change of top/shirt. If you feel uncomfortable at the interview, this will have a negative impact on your confidence.
    • Ensure your aftershave/perfume is not overpowering. You do not want this to be the only thing they remember about you!
    • If you obtained the interview via a recruitment agency, get as much information from them as you can. It is in a consultant’s best interest to provide you with as much information as possible, even down to the personality of the interviewer. They should know a lot about the company they are recruiting for.
    • Be polite to everyone you meet; the receptionist may have a say in the recruitment decision.
    • Make natural eye contact.
    • Ensure you have allowed plenty of time for the interview and do not have other appointments that maybe on your mind during interview. Also, make sure where applicable you have put enough money in the parking meter. May sound silly, but this will play on your mind during interview.
    • Have questions prepared. These can be very generic, but it highlights you are interested in the company and position.
    • Take your time and listen to the questions being asked.
    • Ensure your posture and body language represents your interest and openness. Leaning back on a chair with folded arms will give the wrong impression.
    • Do not be over confident, but an interview is a two-way thing. The company, position and their values have got to be right for you, so find out about this. A good question to ask could be what is the departments/companies current length of service. If the interviewer does not know, they should and if it is very low, you could form an opinion of this.
    • If the interviewer does not give closure to the interview, make sure you say, “It has been great meeting with you. When should I expect feedback?”
    • If you feel it is appropriate, given the flow of the interview after the interview, send the interviewer an email or LinkedIn message, thanking them again for their time and providing your positive feedback if applicable!

     

    Did you find this information useful? Download or print out our PDF here – Job Interview Tips PDF

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