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What NOT To Do in the First Five Minutes of an Interview

By . June 30, 2021
Managers who hire and fire staff have seen it all when it comes to job interviews.  They learn to size up candidates early, with some claiming to know within the first five minutes if the person is the right fit for the job.  This seems unfair, given that the average interview lasts 40 minutes and covers a lot more ground than a handshake and an icebreaker.  Nevertheless, first impressions count.  Here are a few things to avoid at all costs if you really want the job:
  • Late arrival – nothing looks worse than showing up in a rush after the scheduled appointment time.  It’s bad manners and shows you have poor time management skills.  Try to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early, much more than that and you will appear desperate.
  • Being rude to reception/support staff – it seems obvious but always be respectful to security staff, receptionists or support workers who usher you into your interview.  Word will quickly get round if a visitor is rude.  Remember, if you do get hired, you will be interacting with these people every day.
  • Forget to bring the right material – don’t forget to bring your CV, portfolio or presentation as requested or you will be labelled as badly organised from the start.  Re-read emails from the company about the interview to make sure you know what to bring and where to go a few days before.
  • Wrong body language – make sure you get off to the best start by smiling and making direct eye contact with your interviewer as you shake hands. Watch your posture - avoid crossing your arms, or legs, and hunching up.  If you’re being shown around make sure you walk at your guide’s pace, move with purpose and don’t dawdle.
  • Make nervous mistakes – try not to fidget, talk too fast or laugh inappropriately and allow nerves to get in your way.  Try breathing techniques to help you stay calm and to visualise a successful interview beforehand, after all your interviewer will want you to succeed as much as you do.



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