By Julie-Ann Amos
Revised and up-to-date, 'Be Prepared!' offers readers with all of the worthwhile info that will help you get the task you really need. the writer is a senior HR advisor with substantial event in recruitment.
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Lack of eye contact shows evasiveness, and makes it almost impossible to establish rapport with someone. Eye contact when listening There are two ways of looking at eye contact - either as a listener or as a speaker. As a listener, you need to make a great deal more eye contact - it's simply more appropriate for a listener to do so, and to extend your eye contact for longer periods of time than if you are speaking. Eye contact when speaking On the other hand, if you are a speaker, your listener will end up feeling uncomfortable if you maintain complete eye contact with them for too long.
Arriving From the moment you enter . . You're on show right from the start: 37 Be Prepared! Getting Ready for Job Interviews You may be on security camera from the moment you enter the building Receptionists/PAs, etc, may be asked their opinion, or what they thought of you, so be on your best behaviour with everybody from the moment you step into the building. ) People relate to people who can express themselves appropriately Bags, coats and other baggage Try to avoid carrying too much baggage Ladies should avoid carrying both a handbag and briefcase — it's too much If possible, avoid carrying multiple items such as a coat and umbrella and briefcase into the interview Ask if you can leave things in reception before you are announced — it shows confidence as well as getting rid of the clutter!
Respond appropriately If a conversation is started, don't rush in too quickly. 'Small talk' is an appropriate phrase - most interviewers start off with a few quick and easy questions and comments to get people relaxed and comfortable. So don't give a great long explanation to a question at this stage. Keep your answers short, to the point, and positive. Beware of negatives Even if you have had the journey from hell to get to your interview, play things down if asked about it. Starting off on a negative footing isn't really ideal.
Be Prepared!: Getting Ready for Job Interviews by Julie-Ann Amos