How to prepare for an interview - On the day of the inteview
- Dress for Success - Take special care to dress appropriately
Make sure to plan what you are going to wear to your interview the night before. Your outfit should be modest (i.e, don’t show too much flesh), tidy and always one level more formal than what you normally wear at work. Make sure that you are confident and comfortable in your outfit and that you feel you look the part for the role you are applying for. Make sure that your shoes are polished and that your shirt, trousers and jacket are pressed.
Do not wear jeans, trainers or shorts at any time. First impressions are very important.
- Make sure you are punctual
DO NOT BE LATE. Ideally, you should arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled interview time. You will have time to get used to the new environment and also to observe the company culture. If you have never been to the location before, make sure you plan the route the day before. Do not leave it up to chance.
- Fresh Breath
Make sure you have mints with you or brush your teeth before the interview so that you have fresh breath.
- Demeanour and Body Language
Try to be pleasant the moment you arrive at the company – you never know who will be observing you. From the receptionist to the person in the lift - it’s possible that they will be asked their first impression of you or they could potentially be a decision maker for the job you applied for.
Body Language is very important. Smile and be polite but make sure you have a firm handshake - test your handshake with someone you trust to tell you the truth (i.e, a friend or family member) to ensure you have the right balance. There is nothing worse than a limp handshake. Do not cross your arms, yawn, slouch or lean on your elbows.