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Matriculants: How To Make A Good Impression In Your First Job Interview

With the end of the year drawing to a close, Grade 12 students all over South Africa are experiencing sleepless nights as they furiously cram for their matric finals. What many don’t realise is that the worst is yet to come: the job market for matriculants is worse than ever as many companies are focusing on job retention rather than expansion, due to the economic climate.

Dale Carnegie Tips on how to make a good impression in a job interview:

 

  • Presentation counts

And this does not just meaning dressing neatly and appropriately. It means smiling. It means being polite and courteous. It means using the interviewer’s name when addressing them. By presenting yourself properly you will make a good first impression and it will also help you to feel "the part”.

  • Fake it till you make it

Feeling nervous or having a bad day? Force yourself to act confident and enthusiastic and you will be surprised at how quickly you begin to feel those things. By acting a certain way we trick our minds into mirroring those emotions, allowing us to make a better first impression.

  • Avoid negativity

Whatever your thoughts on a certain person or topic - if it is negative - keep it to yourself. Employers look for positivity, and by criticising, condemning or complaining - no matter how justified - you will appear unenthusiastic and negative. This translates as an employee that brings down the team morale. No one wants to hire that.

  • How will appointing you benefit the company?

 

You need to be able to clearly define what you can bring to the table.

Do your research and understand what the position would entail, and then explain how, based on your own unique strengths, you could make a positive contribution to the company in that role.

Companies are mainly concerned with how they can increase their success, so by explaining to your potential employer what you can add to the company you will have improved your chances ten-fold.

For more information on the Generation Next course, please contact [email protected] or visit Dale Carnegie.

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