As you're preparing for the interview, think about ways you can show yourself in a positive light.

1. Punctuality:

Arriving late will increase your stress levels and give the employer a bad first impression, so do your best to arrive in good time.

2. Positivity and enthusiasm

Be polite and professional with any staff you meet before or after the interview and, if you're feeling particularly nervous, remind yourself that the very worst thing that could happen is not getting the job. During the interview, respond to questions with positive statements, be enthusiastic about the job, and avoid badmouthing your previous employers.

3. Body language:

Give a firm handshake to your interviewer(s) before and after the session. Once you're seated, sit naturally without slouching in your chair or leaning on the desk. Throughout the interview, remember to smile frequently and retain eye contact.

4. Clarity:

Answer all questions clearly and concisely, evidencing your most relevant skills, experiences, and achievements. It's perfectly acceptable to pause before answering a difficult question to give yourself thinking time, or asking for clarification if you're unsure what a question means. When answering, don't speak too quickly.

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