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10 surprising job interview tips

10 March 2016, 17:56 Chanté Petersen

Do you have a few job interviews lined up, but you’re feeling incredibly nervous about them? Well, we’ve got you covered. Here are some unusual tips to help you prepare.

1.    Avoid Mondays

When scheduling your interview, try avoiding that first slot on a Monday morning and the last time slot for the week, but if you’re interviewing for an urgent vacancy, try scheduling your interview so that you’re seen among some of the early candidates regardless of the day.

2.    Clean up your social media

Remember THAT night that accidently ended up on Facebook? Best clean it up. There’s an easy way to do so without having to go through every single thing you’ve ever uploaded. Forbes contributor Jon Youshaei suggests making use of Social Sweepster to clean up your social media. According to Jon, it’s detects profanity and anything, like beer bottles, that may seem suspicious.

3.    Dealing with the “What is your biggest strength or weakness?” question.

This question is enough to let that trickle of sweat run down anyone’s spine. Don’t mask your mistakes. Keep it real, keep it honest. This question also doesn’t have to be as deep and profound as you might think. Just think of something you’d like to work on across the next year or two and discuss that. Simple.

4.    Put your hands up on your lap or table top

This may seem insignificant, but according to a Guardian report, you’re more likely to seem like a better candidate when your hands can be seen. So throw them hands up towards success.

5.    Bring a copy of your resume.

It will provide a point of reference and make you appear more prepared.

READ: Questions no woman should answer in a job interview

6.    Don’t take that seat.

Upon arrival you’ll most likely be offered a seat, but don’t take it. Because a) you don’t want your first impression to be of you scrambling out of your seat and b) standing may give you that extra boost of confidence as you meet them from the same eye level.

7.    No, don’t bring your coffee.

This can be a distraction and is way too casual. If the interviewer happens to offer you something to drink, then you may take it.

8.    Be nice to the receptionist.

Be kind and friendly to everyone you encounter in the office. You never know who’s who, what role they play and how heavily their decision plays in the decision making process.

READ: 5 types of job interviews

9.    Breathe!

The importance and impact of always breathing slowly and deeply is underrated and it literally gives us life. Steady breathing helps to keep us calm, steady, opens up our mind and allows us to think more clearly.

10.    Send a thank you note or email.

This sounds incredibly corny and you might just have pulled a funny face just reading that point. But although it seems very much like a ‘goody-two-shoes’ move, it also makes you more memorable and you might end up being a goody-two-shoes with a job.

READ: How to dress for your job interview

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