Please do look out for the Business Panel section of the Jersey Evening Post on a Wednesday as Andrew Baudains is part of the Panel. In this article we look at how you can make that all important first impression at interview.

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but it’s important to appear confident and self-assured when you meet your interviewer for the first time. By arriving a few minutes early, you give yourself the opportunity to relax slightly before your meeting and to compose yourself if the nerves are getting to you. Also, dress to impress – make sure you are appropriately dressed for the environment you are looking to work in, this will demonstrate to the interviewer that you are taking the role (and yourself) seriously. Another important thing to remember is to smile! The interviewer is wondering how you will fit into their company and into the team you’re hoping to join, so a friendly face will help start the interview positively. Do your homework – make sure you’ve researched the company and the person(s) interviewing you. If you understand where they fit into the business, you can make your questions more specific to them, which will further reinforce your interest in the role and create a good impression. Finally, and it should go without saying, switch your mobile phone to silent. The last thing you want on meeting your potential future boss for the first time is for your phone to start ringing! Put it on silent and put it in your pocket as soon as you walk into the building, now is the time to focus on your interview and not Facebook!