Research shows that people make their mind up about someone in the first few seconds of meeting with them.
No matter how well qualified you may seem ‘on paper’ for a job, when recruiting, an employer will still be interested in your personality and presentation.
Indeed with more than one suitable applicant for a role, interview performance is often the deciding factor. This makes the face-to-face meeting a critical part of the recruitment process and you will need to impress from the start.
- Double check the date, time and location of the interview and be familiar with the name and title of the interviewer.
- Prepare your interview outfit in advance – all of it. Ensure your appearance is both smart and comfortable.
- Familiarize yourself with the journey to the location, to ensure you arrive in plenty of time.
- Be punctual for your meeting, but it is inadvisable to arrive more than half an hour early.
- Remember that you start making an impression on your prospective employer the moment you arrive at reception. Be courteous to the receptionist and any other staff you may meet prior to your interview.
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