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Has anyone got any tips for interviews? Ive had 2 in as many weeks but I didnt get either job. According to the interviewers I dont sell myself enough. Just want to be prepared for when I next get one. Hopefully.

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I can only tell you what I do when I go for one:

- Prepare well. Which means plenty of research about the company, their goals and their current operations.

- Dress as smartly as you can. Clean shoes, well ironed clothes, neat hair.

- Arrive on time, if not 5-10 minutes early. Don't show up too early. But if it means getting there 30-40 minutes early and then standing outside for the rest then you should do that. Anything to avoid the embarrassment of being late.

- Come across well. So that means standing up straight, not fidgeting, nice and loud voice, hands on the desk in front of you, remember to say 'thank you' and 'please', remember to knock on the door before entering. And a good, firm handshake.

- Don't be afraid to talk about your good points. You can do certain things better than most people and they should know about it. Also if they prompt you admit your weaknesses. It avoids sounding arrogant.

- Lots of eye contact when you're speaking and listening. But don't impose.

- Do not slouch in your chair. Leaning forward slightly will give the impression you're wanting to be there and paying more attention.

- Make an effort to listen and understand the questions being asked. Don't let your thoughts wander off with nerves. Acknowledge that you're listening by nodding your heading occasionally and giving subtle gestures.

- Do not use slang. Remember that it will be a formal discussion.

- Try not to stutter or use fillers ('errm', 'uhmm', 'well').

Ultimately you're there to persuade them that you're right for the job and you have to do that in a very short amount of time. Don't let yourself worry about coming across as boastful or arrogant. Just lay out all the reasons why you should get the job very clearly to them. I'm sorry if a lot of this comes across as patronising, it's just a lot of people seem to overlook simple things like not fidgeting. And when a lot of people let first impressions influence them a lot I cannot find any excuse not to go that bit further than others.

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