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How to nail your first post-study job interview

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Being mere months away from having your degree, you have started sending our CVs to potential employers. When you are invited for an interview, keep these tips in mind.

Arrive on time – Rather be early than too late. You only get one shot when wanting to make a first impression. In case you happen to unexpectedly run late, make that phone call as soon as possible. Don't leave your interviewer in the dark.

Dress to impress – Don't wear jeans, tekkies and revealing clothing, no matter what. Rather overdress than arrive underdressed. Ditch the chewing gum.

Research the company – Know the basics of your future employer, such as recent business developments (including founding year, mergers, acquisitions and awards). See if they appeared in the news recently. It shows your interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the company.

Be honest, be yourself – Do not lie about your CV's content, nor your skills. It will come out sooner or later. Be honest at all times.

Body language – Shake hands when you meet your interviewer. Keep the handshake brief and firm. Make eye contact during the interview as it shows that you are confident about yourself and your capabilities. Don’t slouch but sit up straight, keep your shoulders relaxed, and your chin up. This give the impression that you are alert and actively involved in the conversation. Don't fidget.

Switch off your phone – Nothing is more important than your job interview, so switch off your phone and keep it in your bag or pocket.

Say 'Thank You' – At the end of your interview, shake hands with your interviewer and thanks him or her for his or her time. Keep a good posture. Even when interview did not go as well as you might have planned: stay confident, keep your back straight and make eye contact.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:22  

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