Preparation is the first step for a successful interview!

1. Allow time

Ensure that you have the correct time, address and contact person to ask for. It is wise to research transport options to the client site if you do not have access to a car. Ensure that you allow yourself more than enough time to arrive calm and relaxed and to find parking if needed. If you find that you are running late, contact your consultant immediately so that they can contact the client.

2. Do some company research

It is important to research the position and the company. Your consultant will provide you with current information about the position, company, type of interview you will be attending and people conducting the interview. Make sure you read over the job specification and anything else given to you by your consultant, so you are fully aware of what the position requires and to gain an understanding of the types of questions the interviewer may ask.

Visit the company’s website if they have one and find out as much information as you can. You can then demonstrate this knowledge and interest during the interview. Seek additional information that will provide you with a well rounded appreciation of the company and include information from online sources such as recent news, media mentions, press releases and social network sites including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Acquire information about the company’s performance and future objectives through annual reports where they are available and relevant industry publications. Researching the industry in which the company operates and key competitors. This level of knowledge will enhance your level of understanding of the company’s business as well as demonstrate your eagerness to gain employment with them.

3. Presentation

Dress for success! Your first impression will be critical and you will only get one chance to make the first impression. Ensure you are dressed appropriately and feel comfortable. For more presentation tips, please refer to our Interview Tips – Presentation guide.

4. Non-verbal communication

It is important during an interview that your non verbal communication mirrors your verbal communication to reflect your interest and enthusiasm.

Always maintain good eye contact with the interviewer. Gazing around the room may convey to the interviewer that you are not interested in the position.

Sit up straight facing the interviewer, be attentive and interested. Always have a firm hand-shake as this is further confirmation of your professionalism and confidence. You should shake hands at the beginning and the end of an interview, and with all interviewers.

5. Finally, don’t forget to smile and be confident!