Ten things you need to know about applying for a job

1. The recruiters could have hired you from your resumé and qualifications alone . The fact that they didn't means they intend to judge you by appearance and performance at your interview Your first impression could be vital .

2. They're looking to see if you appear "normal . " So keep those polka-dot socks for another day

3. They're looking to judge your personality . If you get the job you'll need to fit in with the existing team

4. They're looking to see how you might handle workplace scenarios . Expect a little role-play or hypothetical questions

5. They could be just as nervous as you are .

6. They're on the same side as you—they want you to be fabulous Recruitment interviews are costly, time-expensive, and reasonably dull They're desperate for you to press all their buttons and tick all their boxes Assume they will begin by liking you and that this liking will continue until you prove them wrong

7 . You could be "on view" before you even reach the premises . Without wishing to get too Big Brother on you, remember things like security cameras

8. Your key moments will be your entrance and your exit Both will create the most lasting impressions

9. The more interviews you do, the better you should get. Only your emotional response will mess up your chances If you start to get unmotivated (albeit quite naturally) and discover a talent for self-loathing, the chances are this will show in your body language signals Instead, use each interview as experience . Like driving a car, the more you do it the better you will get

10. An interview is your chance to shine, but it's not your chance to hog the limelight You have two ears, a brain, and one mouth. Use them in roughly that proportion. Listen—think—talk. Listen—think—talk. Listen—think—talk. Your interviewers will be keen to discover your capacity for learning, understanding, and taking instructions

There are very few interviews where the objective is to book someone with verbal diarrhea And listen to the question I've been in the situation where the interviewer asks one question and—because the interviewee has failed to listen—the interviewee answers something else You'd be amazed how often this happens

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