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Presenting Yourself Well

Before a job interview, it’s good idea to decide what image you want to project. You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.

Know what to wear

  • Find out how people in the organization usually dress. Visit the organization and observe the people who work there. Or ask the receptionist or someone you know who works for the company.
  • Dress for the interview like an employee but one level higher.
  • Style, colour, fabric and accessories all affect your image. Be conservative.
  • Ask friends and family for feedback about what you’re planning to wear.
  • Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. Pay special attention to your grooming.

 

Body language speaks louder than words 

  • Your posture shows your level of confidence. Keep your head, back and shoulders upright but relaxed.
  • Smile and make eye contact.
  • Learn how to shake hands.
  • Sit straight with your feet on the floor and your hands in your lap or on the arms of your chair. Lean forward slightly to show interest. Do not cross your arms.
  • Use appropriate hand gestures when responding to a question.
  • Resist the urge to fidget or play with something in your hands.

 

Increase your confidence by being prepared

  • Know what you want to say about your skills, education and experience.
  • Visualize yourself doing well in the interview.
  • Take three deep breaths just before entering the interview room.
  • Use positive affirmations such as, “I can handle anything that comes up.”
  • Be positive. Leave any emotional baggage about past interviews or bad work situations at the door.

 

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