You never have a second chance to make a first good impression!!
How to make a good impression
- answer questions clearly and concisely
- ask relevant, thought-provoking questions at appropriate moments, as this can show that you're genuinely interested in the role and really listening to the interviewer
- avoid talking about any personal problems
- be as enthusiastic as possible
- be well-mannered with any staff that you meet before the interview
- display positive body language, speaking clearly, smiling frequently and retaining eye contact
- don't badmouth any previous employers
- give a firm handshake to your interviewer(s) before and after
- highlight your best attributes, experiences and achievements, based around the skills that you've identified as important to the organisation, and evidencing them with practical examples
- inform your interviewer(s) that you're available to answer any follow-up questions
- relax and sit naturally, but without slouching in your chair or leaning on the desk
- show your hands, as this is a sign of honesty
- wear smart business attire with comfortable, polished shoes.