The interview stage is arguably the most important part of the job-seeking process. The first five minutes can have a big impact on how well the rest of it goes. Therefore, your performance is a crucial factor on whether you get offered a job or not.

Here are some tips to help you get past the first five minutes successfully:

  1. Be prepared – Taking time to plan and prepare well will help you to present yourself in the best possible way. Find out all you can about the organisation – and bring that knowledge into your interview answers when it is relevant.
  2. Arrive on time – Give yourself more than enough time to get to your interview.  Plan to arrive on time or a few minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
  3. First impressions really do count – In those first five minutes make sure you create a strong first impression; smile confidently, shake hands and make eye contact. Dress well, sit in an upright posture and avoid fidgeting as this will make you look nervous.
  4. Be Enthusiastic – You have passed the first stage by getting the interview so make the most of this opportunity to showcase your skills and experience.  Take a deep breath, be enthusiastic and speak clearly and assertively.
  5. Be Natural – It is always a good idea to prepare and practice for an interview, but too much rehearsing can come across as scripted. Interviewers can sense when you’re giving a rehearsed response. When answering questions, be assertive, open, honest and natural. That way the interviewer will get a sense of your genuineness and a better insight to your personality.
  6. Know your strengths – Knowing what you have to offer is incredibly important. Pay attention and put plenty of thought and effort into your best attributes when preparing.  Then highlight these core strengths when being interviewed.

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