Friday, 4 April 2014

Be a Master of the Meet and Greet

Simple interview tips...

When it comes to interviews, how you perform in the first few minutes is crucial to your success. Research suggests you have just 90 seconds to make 90 per cent of your lasting impression so it’s important to give a lot of consideration to how you’re going to get things started.

Entering the interview room can be one of the most daunting experiences in your working life, and it’s even more so if you don’t have a clue what you’re going to do. This is why we need to master that art of the meet and greet.

There are four things we need to have considered before entering the interview room. Appearance, likeability, confidence and the words we will use. Appearance involves our choice of clothing and our body language. Always dress as smartly as you possibly can. I’ve never heard of anyone not getting a job because they were too smartly dressed, but I’ve heard of people not getting a job because they wore jeans or appeared to have no interest in their appearance. Dressing smartly will also help with your confidence – look good, feel good.

Likeability can be achieved very simply with a smile. Smiles break down barriers; it’s as simple as that. In addition, employers want to employ people they like.

It’s important to know what we are going to say when we enter an interview room. An incomprehensible mumble is unacceptable. Practice your opening line, but keep it simple. “Good morning, I’m John Smith, it’s nice to meet you,” is all you need, but say it with confidence and enthusiasm.

A question I often hear as an employment advisor, is should I offer to shake hands or wait until the interviewer shakes hands with me? The simple answer to this question is always be the first to offer to shake hands. It not only shows an understanding of interview etiquette but also shows confidence in yourself and the situation you are in.

By combining these simple steps and practicing them before your next interview, you will be far better prepared and give yourself a better chance to get that job you wanted.

Good luck!

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