• Put your best foot forward. Ensure that your attire is clean, ironed, and presentable.
• Make direct eye contact and start with a firm handshake. When you meet your interviewer for the first time, this will demonstrate your confidence.
• Keep your body steady and your feet firmly planted on the ground. This will aid in the maintenance of your posture and the avoidance of fidgeting.
• Keep your CV information in mind. Particularly relevant experience to the position you’re interviewing for.
Make a list of your inquiries. If you think you’ll forget something crucial, bring a notepad.
• Remember. It’s just as vital for the interviewer to sell you on the advantages of working for them as it is for you to wow your future possible employer.
• Arrive late for your interview. If it’s unavoidable on the day, call ahead to let your interviewer know what time you’ll be there.
• Dress in a sloppy or unprofessional manner. Are you stumped as to what to wear? Please review our guidelines.
• Smoke a cigarette before your interview. While it may seem like a good idea to ease your nerves with a quick smoke, the fragrance will be apparent and unpleasant to your interviewer.
• Be willing to share your flaws. While honesty is usually the best policy, unless specifically requested, there is no need to volunteer your shortcomings.
• Make a negative assessment of your current or prior employer. This could convey the impression that you’re difficult to deal with to your interviewer.
Practice job interviews
Before the actual interview, it’s a good idea to conduct at least one practise interview. Your university’s career and employability department can assist you in honing your interviewing skills.
You can also develop and practise responses to popular interview questions with a friend or family member, possibly even filming and critiquing your performance.
It’s also a good idea to check your phone connection and make sure your laptop, microphone, and any other technical equipment you’ll need are all functional and that you understand how to use them.
What to wear to an interview
While many businesses demand candidates to dress professionally, an increasing number support casual attire at work, making choosing an interview outfit more difficult than ever.
The size of the firm, the industry it operates in, and the culture it fosters all influence what you’ll be required to wear. A tiny creative agency, for example, may have different standards than a large accounting firm.
If you have any questions about the dress code, ask before going to the interview. It’s important to remember that being too formal is preferable to being too casual. Only wear a more casual dress if you’re positive it’ll be suitable; if in question, stick to respectable work attire.
Dress as if the interview is taking place in person, even if it is taking place over the phone or online. It’s probably not going to go well if you try to act professional while sitting in your tracksuit pants.
After the interview
As your job interview comes to a close, find out when you’ll hear the results – and thank the interviewer for providing you the opportunity.
While the interview is still fresh in your mind, make some notes about the questions that were asked and how you answered them. This will assist you in improving your interview preparation in the future.