You must always remember that you have one chance to make a successful impression at your interview so it is important to prepare and present yourself well:

  • A firm handshake goes a long way!
  • Preparing well will give you more confidence – ‘if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail’.
  • Research the company on their website prior to interview
  • Study the job description – think through how your background could contribute to the job description.
  • Think of a list of questions to ask - it does not matter how unimportant these are. For example how many employees. Keep this list mentally in your head. A lot of your questions will be covered when you are told about the company and the job. However, you will hopefully have at least 2 or 3 left to ask. Asking questions covers up nerves and also shows an enquiring mind.
  • Dress appropriately for your interview according to the role and sector you are applying for.
  • Do not take carrier bags with you.
  • Leave plenty of extra time to arrive punctually for your interview, arriving 5 or 10 minutes early. Leaving enough time for travel will prevent you from panicking when you are held up by train delays and getting lost!
  • Show interest with good eye contact and body language.
  • Thank the interviewer/s for their time or words to that effect.