Going to an interview can be simultaneously daunting and exciting, making sure you are prepared for the job is essential.
It goes without saying that you should be in time for your interview and aim to arrive around fifteen minutes early as this will make you look keen. You will probably be presented with some paper work to fill in when you arrive. Dressing in a professional manner is essential as making a good first impression counts.
You will have to do some research on the business you are applying for beforehand and this can be done by visiting their website prior to the interview.
It makes sense to practice your interview skills before you attend your interview. Having a person you can practice answering questions with will come in handy.
It might seem like an obvious point but always go to the interview alone, it’s still surprising how many people think it’s acceptable to bring their children with them to interviews.
When you first meet the employer make sure you greet them with a firm handshake, this gives off a business-like air, as does making frequent eye contact.
It goes without saying that you should be polite and smile, listen to what is being said and comment where you can. If you are unsure of the question ask the interviewer to repeat or rephrase it.
It goes without saying that you should be polite and smile, listen to what is being said and comment where you can. If you are unsure of the question ask the interviewer to repeat or rephrase it. Try to relate your previous experience to the role you are applying for and seem enthusiastic and upbeat.
Often it is a nice touch to bring a small fact sheet with you which has a brief summing up of your biggest achievement and best qualifications.
Above all it is important to relax and try to answer all of the questions to your best ability. The interviewer will be aware that you could be nervous and is only human after all.