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1. Punctuality
Nothing gives a worse impression than showing up late for an interview. Target to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the appointed time.

2. Appropriate Dressing and Grooming

Your appearance counts. Make sure you give a good impression by dressing appropriately and look presentable. Also, avoid wearing over-powering scent.

3. Do Not Use the Mobile Phone
A mobile phone going off during an interview is annoying and could ruin your chance of getting hired. Before you enter the interview room, switch off your mobile phone or switch it to silent mode.

4. Good Posture

Your posture demonstrates confidence. Watch your walking, standing and sitting posture. Do not slouch. Sit up straight and lean slightly forward in the chair, appearing interested and attentive. Slumping indicates a lazy attitude.

5. Positive Body Language

Introduce yourself and connect with a good, firm handshake. A limp response in a handshake shows your disinterest and lack of confidence. Watch your facial expressions, hand gestures, body positions during the interview. Maintain eye contact and project positive body language during the interview.

6. Verbal Communication
Project your voice and speak with confidence. Make sure you are loud enough to be heard and speak clearly. Do not mumble.

7. Be Prepared
Learn as much as you can about the company and the position you are interviewing for. Anticipate questions that the interviewer may ask and prepare your answers to these questions. Questions that may be asked include: ‘Why did you apply for this position?’, ‘How do you see your studies, skills, experience and personal qualities contributing to the work of the organisation?’, and ‘What particular skills or qualities do you bring to the workforce?’, etc.

8. Ask Questions
When asked, ‘Do you have any questions?’, do not answer ‘No’. Asking questions gives you the opportunity to show your interest. By practicing active listening skills, it enables you to ask questions during the interview, for additional information. You could also ask specific questions and find out more about the company, and evaluate if it is the right place for you. Some questions you could ask during an interview are: ‘Why is this position vacant?’, ‘Could you describe the company culture? That is, what are it’s value, work style and environment like?’ and ‘How are employees evaluated and promoted?’, etc.

9. Ask About the Next Steps

At the end of the interview, ask what would be the next step after the interview. That is, would the company be short-listing candidates for a second interview or is the company going to make hiring decisions based on that one interview? Would they inform you even whether or not you are shortlisted or hired? How soon can you expect to hear from them?

10. Follow Up

To leave a good impression an stand out from the crowd, follow up with an email or note to thank the interviewers for their time. If you have more questions that you did not ask during the interview, you could also follow up with the company on the additional questions that you may have.

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