Making a good impression
First impressions are extremely important. You will be assessed from the moment you enter the interview room, so be aware of how you walk in.
Keep your head up and shoulders back, take deep breaths to calm any nerves and smile as you breathe in. Above all be natural and be yourself.
- Shake hands firmly
- Smile when you meet the interviewer(s) and, in moderation, during the interview
- Make eye contact with the questioner. If it is a panel interview make sure that you include each member when you answer by looking at them as well, but spend most of the time directing your answer to the questioner
- Sit upright, but comfortably, rather than leaning forward or backward. Don’t be afraid to shift position from time to time
- Try not to fidget - keep your hands on your lap but do use them to illustrate an answer where appropriate
- Keep hand movements under control and don't make them too flamboyant