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Top Hints and Tips for a successful interview


On time is 15 minutes early
Interview day is not the day to sleep in and miss the train. You should be there at least 15 minutes early to prepare yourself and settle so you are ready to go.

"This is not the time to wing it"
Try to anticipate the questions by re-reading the job description and seeing what questions they might prompt. "To do a good job you really need to know who you're talking to," says Kristy Stromberg, of the online jobs listing site "Do your research on the company and the person who is interviewing you. This is not the time to wing it. You're not gambling, you're selling."

People really underestimate smiling
First impressions are vital to making a lasting impact on an interviewer. Being personable and friendly speaks volumes. Having a firm handshake and holding eye contact are incredibly important. Smiling can show your personality, it can show that you are a nice person to work with.

Nerve control
Even the best-prepared candidates can feel nervous on interview day. Michael Weiss, a public speaking coach, says it is important that people focus on their voice to avoid sounding nervous. "You can have a lot of adrenalin running through your body and that's when you get the wavering voice. Practise questions out loud. Do some breathing exercises, calm down and just focus," he says.

Don't lie

In today's world of social networking it's very easy for someone to do a reference check. People can easily check out your story, consult those closest to you to see if you really are what you said.

Say "thank you"

Once it is all over, the only thing left to do is send an email or written note to the interviewer. Ensure you get that person's business card. Follow up with a thank you email, and they'll remember that when looking at your name again.

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Work close with consultants

Louise Hewett, Managing Director at Hewett Recruitment, believes “It's important to work closely with your designated recruitment consultant, think of your job search as a project and work together, keeping each other informed and updated to achieve your goal ... a new job!”

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