Learn to sell yourself :

What are the important factors on first meeting?

Eyes look at the eyes of your interviewer. Making the right amount of eye contact in an interview can make the difference in whether you successfully snag a job

Hand: In a job interview, it is common to shake hands when first meeting a hiring manager and upon completion of your interview. Your handshake with the interviewer should be firm and palm to palm. One to two simple pumps that last two to three seconds is best. As you shake hands, greet your interviewer with a smile and a greeting such as, “It is really nice to meet you.”

Smile: When you speak smile naturally, this will make you feel more confident and relaxed and you can generate sympathy for the interviewer

Clothes: Is my personal image in line with the expectations of those who interviewed me? While clothing “rules” may vary according to the type of company, it is not difficult to imagine what the expectations will be for an interviewer to select a person based on the job position (it is not the same to select a lawyer for a Office, than a mechanic for an automobile factory).

Timing: Get to the interview on time, the delays are valued as a sign of informality. But you should not arrive too far in advance as it would give the impression of being an anxious person. It is highly advisable to arrive 10 or 15 minutes early, so that you will have enough time to familiarize with the Enterprise and calm down yourself.

Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum during the interview


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