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The vacant positions in the job market are generally communicated and filled by the candidates who know the tricks to stand out from the crowd. Most of the times the job seekers who look great on paper turn out to be an absolute disaster when it comes to the face-to-face round of interview. However, to face this competitive market and grab a job opportunity, it’s essential to create a great impression.

Job seeking is never fun, neither it’s a science, but a well-planned approach is more likely to give you success in your job hunt.

Here are five things you should keep in mind throughout your job search:

The perfect time to show up for an interview:

One of the foremost lessons in job-hunt etiquette is to show on time for the interviews. As the big day is here, and you have worked so hard to excel in the interview. Showing up too early creates a poor impression on the recruiter. But then you wonder, what is the perfect time to show up for it? The answer to how early is too early is that always arrive on time, but never 10-15 minutes early.

The advice for being pleasantly punctual is to be on-time and look responsible. Act as if your time is equally valuable as the interviewer's. Similarly, to show that you are responsible and committed to this opportunity, don’t come too late for an interview.

Firm handshakes Impress:

Your handshake is a personality indicator and it is your first opportunity to make the best possible impression.

A poor handshake will not build a good rapport and creates a negative impression. Like, a weak grip and not making eye contact are big no’s when reaching out and shaking an employer’s hand. This gives an impression of disinterest or lack of ability to engage.Whereas, a firm grasp and a better eye-lock give a better impression. Moreover, don’t be afraid of offering a strong, assertive handshake. 

Avoid talking too much:

You take a lot of time to prepare for the interview. This preparation adds to your confidence level. But sometimes at the time of an interview, many candidates turn out to be over talkative. Talking too long to answer direct questions creates an impression that candidate haven’t understood the subject. Whereas, nervous talkers will either fumble or cover up something. To avoid these aforementioned situations, practice answering in a direct and a brief manner and work on your verbal communication skills.

Need to pay attention to verbal and nonverbal communication:

A good preparation for a job interview is half the battle won. But your performance during the time of an interview is critical as it increases your chances to succeed. Communication is primarily determined by nonverbal communication. What and how you say is important but your body language is even more important.

Ignore the butterflies in your stomach and sit calmly by avoiding verbal ticks like “umm”, “you know”, among others. Avoid these verbal ticks by pausing for a few seconds to gather your thoughts before giving your response.

It’s not a good idea to badmouth a previous employer:

There are chances that during interviews you may be asked about your previous employers. Avoid saying negative things and never state your ill feelings for your previous bosses. No matter how reasonable your complaints are, you should avoid badmouthing an old employer and decide on the most appropriate response. Prepare your answer well and work this issue out ahead of time in your interview practice session. This will not create a negative effect and will further place you in an opportune position.

All in all, strong interview skills along with an effective resume win you an opportunity to excel in the interview. Start your job search and polish your interview skills. Find unique tricks and consider the aforementioned etiquettes to enhance your chances of landing a job.

Author Bio: -
Aakanksha Pasricha writes for She has been extensively researching about the job market in Gulf Region. When she isn’t writing she browses around the high streets as she definitely has an eye for details. You can visit her @G+aakanksha