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How to make a great first impression at your job interview

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Job interviews are stressful occasions for most people, and you should want to do everything you can to put your best foot forward. Here are 4 popular (and absolutely key) tips on how to make a great first impression at your next job interview.

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1. Be punctual

There’s probably no worse start to a job interview than showing up late. When it comes to job interviews, remember this: “If you’re early, you’re on time; if you’re on time, you’re late”.

2. Dress right

You don’t need to have the exact outfit for the job but how you look certainly plays a part, especially if we’re talking about first impressions. Give yourself the head start you need by making sure you look professional and neat. Wrinkled blouses, un-tucked shirts, dirty scuffed shoes and coffee stains are all a big no-no!

3. Be nice

We don’t just mean to the person you’re interviewing with. Be nice to everyone you meet, whether it’s a person you meet on the way in or the receptionist. Your prospective employer may check with their staff on your conduct from the moment you walked in the door!

4. Watch your body language

Here are the basics: smile, have a firm handshake but be careful not to grip too hard, and maintain eye contact – not an intense stare or glare that will make the interviewer uncomfortable, just make sure you look interested. Be friendly, and don’t be afraid to make the first move by extending your hand first and introducing yourself – it shows your enthusiasm and confidence.

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