Be Prepared!: Getting Ready for Job Interviews by Julie-Ann Amos

By Julie-Ann Amos

Revised and up to date, 'Be Prepared!' offers readers with all of the helpful details that will help you get the task you actually need. the writer is a senior HR advisor with substantial adventure in recruitment.

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So if you are desperately thirsty, of course you should accept refreshments. 43 Be Prepared! Getting Ready for Job Interviews Extreme nerves If you are so nervous you fear spilling something, politely say 'No, thank you' and decline. Better to do this than to accept in an attempt to co-operate with the interviewer and then have a catastrophe! Check what your interviewer does By far the safest option is to ask if the interviewer is having anything. Some people feel embarrassed if they are offered coffee and accept, and then the interviewer doesn't join them.

Territory and positioning You may get to choose where to sit, or the interviewer may direct you to a seat. This positioning is rarely 45 Be Prepared! Getting Ready for Job Interviews random - so choose your territory carefully. Don't sit facing a bright light, or with the sun in your eyes. If possible don't sit directly opposite the interviewer face-to-face, looking directly at each other - it's confrontational and may make some interviewers feel uncomfortable. Try to sit at an angle to them if at all possible.

We all know what things mean, so there's no big secret advantage to knowing it any more. I think all the advice I've ever seen on body language is just false — it just makes people look silly, as if they're acting. I know the basics and what not to do - but can you really use body language to make an interviewer like you more? 58 Body Language The golden rule The golden rule with body language is to match your interviewer's body language. Like attracts like. Match verbal with non-verbal behaviours Use non-verbal behaviour — ie, body language, to reinforce and back up what you are saying verbally.

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