Interviews can be nerve wrecking at the best of times, however a key area of interview success is preparation.
If you are among 400 applicants for one job, it’s a lot like musical chairs – winning just means surviving until the last round when everyone else has been eliminated.
On the day of the interview:
- Check in advance to see if you have to bring anything with you. Also, ask about the structure of the interview.
- Make sure to have any necessary documents ready: application forms, exam or achievement certificates, a work portfolio, reference letters, etc.
- Try on your interview outfit to make sure if fits and that there are no buttons missing or nasty stains!
- Bring information about the interview with you: how to get there, contact phone numbers, who you are to ask for, etc…you don’t want to arrive at the company and realise that you’ve forgotten the contact person’s name!
- Give yourself loads of time to arrive at the interview – try to be there about ten minutes before it starts. This will give you a chance to calm your nerves, go to the toilet and check your appearance.
- Bring a mobile or change for a payphone. If you are delayed for any reason, you can then phone to explain.
- Once you arrive, tell the receptionist (or whoever is in charge), your name and who you are supposed to meet.
- Make sure you turn off your mobile before the interview starts.
- Try to stay calm and look confident, even if you’re really shaking with nerves! Take some deep breaths and make sure your hands aren’t sweaty before going into the interview room.
- Body language is important so smile, make eye contact and shake hands when you meet the interviewer.
- Always thank the interviewer when you’re leaving.