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Body language and tips

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04/11/2006

When you are being interviewed it is very important that you give out the right signals. You should always look attentive - don't slouch in your chair, cross your legs or lean back in the chair.  Never lie to anyone in an interview, your body language and tone of voice or the words you use will probably give you away - classic body language giveaways include scratching your nose and not looking directly at the other person when you are speaking to them.

If you are coming up for your CCST let it be known.  Network at the major meetings

Phone a friend who works there or knows someone eg ASiT, Rouleaux, Dukes.

Make sure you can work with your prospective colleagues.   A disfunctional department is serious trouble.

Do the spadework if you want the job. Have a look around and see as many people as possible.  Most will be keen to see you and it helps you gain a flavour for the trust.  If you are shortlisted you can claim 2 visits.  

Increasingly you will be asked to give a presentation.  Check on what AV facilities are available, can you e-mail it ahead, have a back up floppy if powerpoint.  Practice your presentation. It's usually only 5-10 minutes. Keep it punchy.  It could just get you the job.
Try to add some humour to the interview.  Let your personality come through.

Get your referees to phone up.  In most cases a "professorial" call goes down well, your colleagues may well have been through the units you have.

If you have been shortlisted you are appointable, remember that in your interview.

When you are appointed negociate hard on your starting salary.  Ask for recognition of your specialist training and your higher degree.


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