In the majority of industry sectors, competition for job roles is fierce. In fact, some positions attract hundreds of applications, so recruiters and HR departments are having to work extra hard to whittle down the CVs and select the candidates they want to meet with in a face-to-face interview.

If your CV has done the initial work for you and you’re one of the lucky candidates chosen to attend an interview, you’ve been given the perfect opportunity to really sell yourself to your potential new employer. It’s vital that you take the time to prepare yourself adequately for the interview, from researching the company and the role to preparing some questions to ask the interviewer at the end, as well as whole host of other things.

Before you even make it into the interview room, there are a number of things that the interviewer will have used, consciously or subconsciously, to form an opinion of you. These include whether you were ridiculously early for the interview or late and flustered; how smartly you’re dressed; your body language and posture; and even how you interact with the receptionist whilst you wait to be seen.

Whether you’re experienced and confident in an interview setting, brand new to the job market after recently graduating, or back in the job pool after redundancy from a long-term role, there’s always more you can do to prepare for your next interview.

This useful infographic has been put together by Reception Desks Online, and it provides some of the fundamental dos and don’ts to help you to nail your next interview.

Janell Poulette spends her day blogging at savingyoudinero.com or managing several social media accounts. In addition to maintaining her own site, she guest blogs for Jackson Marketing Services and provides other marketing-related assistance.

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