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What employers look for when hiringWhat exactly are businesses looking for when they put you in the hot seat? If you have a job interview around the corner you need to make sure you’re prepared.

Here are the top seven details that are noticed in the interview room by the employer.

First Impressions
Yep, they really do count. How you come across in those first few minutes is subconsciously being judged by the other person. So make it count. Turn up early (don’t be late!), act confident, smile and give a good hand-shake. That first impression counts for a huge majority of your interview.

Personality
Anyone can be taught anything. But your personality defines you. You can’t change who you are for a job but it is largely what will determine if you get the role or not – whether you’re a right fit for the team – so it’s best to be yourself.

Skills
Can you write? Do you have transferrable skills from previous work (whether that was university or working in retail)? What do you bring to the table?
Your current skills account for a lot in the job interview. Make sure you’re equipped with solid examples to back up your offering.

Body Language
If you’re nervous and fidgeting, it will show that way. Instead, try your best to come across as calm and confident. Do you what you can to hold your head high.

Take Your Time
Don’t rush your answers. Take a sip of water from the glass in front of you if you need a break and to buy yourself some time. If you’re talking too fast it can make you seem a little nervous and over the top. Naturally you’ll talk fast in this kind of high pressure situation, so do everything in your power to  s l o w  d o w n.

Drive
Are you hungry to learn? If you’re eager and willing, it will help you go far. Having a genuine passion and interest in something is reflected in your work and makes it easier for an employer to teach you new things – because you want to learn.

Question Time
Show an interest through asking them questions, it’s a great way to show you’re curious and to create strong engagement with the person sitting across the room. Such as how many staff work there? What are their biggest accounts? What’s the structure of the team? What’s their culture like?

Use these tips to help you when you’re next entering the job interview situation!

Laura is the Founder & Editor of The Workher. She is an award winning Public Relations professional, who loves blogging about surviving and thriving in the workplace as a young woman.

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