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Presenting a more confident you

  • Think about what you are going to wear and prepare in advance, you need to look smart and feel comfortable. Make sure your outfit is appropriate for the environment you will be working in.
  • Don’t take excess baggage. You need to look in control and professional not weighed down with bags, briefcases and shopping.
  • Smile when you enter the room and give a firm handshake.
  • The interviewer will exchange pleasantries and try to relax you. Be polite but not over friendly remember you are being assessed. You need to appear calm and confident.
  • Don’t fidget or slouch in your chair. Don't play with your hands, buttons or hair.
  • Look interested by leaning forward slightly towards your interviewer and keep your hands out of your pockets.
  • Your body language will be important so don’t fold your arms in front of you. Try to look open with your hands in your lap or in front of you. Make and keep natural eye contact with the interviewer. If you’re being interviewed by a panel look at whoever is talking and when you answer shift eye contact between them so everyone feels included.
  • Be aware of any distracting mannerisms you may have and keep them under control. Waving hands around when you speak, flicking hair, nervous giggling and interrupting can turn the interviewer off.
  • Be attentive when they are talking, show that you’re listening and understand by nodding in agreement and using facial expressions.

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