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    Maybe I should post this in the Part Time forum because I'm mainly talking about interviews for 'disposable' i.e. part time jobs rather than serious career opportunities.

    Now what I've always been told is to go to interviews wearing a shirt, looking smart, and to be very polite. But I was thinking, as an employer, if someone turned up looking well kept - no matter what they were wearing - and approached me in a genuinely likeable manner, 'hey, hows it going?' rather than 'hello mr -------, pleasure to meet you' and a formal handshake, had a few laughs with me... that would leave me with a far better impression of the person.

    Obviously the CV is very important, you can't go giving jobs to people just because you like them if they can't do it properly - but if at an interview you made an attempt to get the employer to actually like you, rather than simply be impressed by your ability, couldn't that give you an edge?

    Next week I am hopefully being called to a "recruitment/training event" for a short-term job that I really need. The job itself is very basic and repetitive, so ability or experience is not a problem, and there are seven places available. If there happens to be more than seven candidates, maybe just being friendly to the co-ordinator would help? I find that I get along well with most people I meet, so it's not as if I'd be putting on a front.

    You can be formal and friendly - wear a suit and treat them politely but feel free to joke and laugh where appropriate. If you turn up and just crack jokes at an interview the interviewer is likely to think you're not very professional and you're not going to take the job seriously.
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