Sell yourself

It always helps to have done some prior research. Print off and have with you a copy of your CV and cover letter, along with copies of references, qualifications and permits. Prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, and be ready to explain why you would be the best person for the job. The night before, try to get a good night’s sleep: don’t go out! 

On the day, adhere to the company dress policy and make sure you look neat and presentable, paying attention to all the minor details. Basic hygiene is a must: wash, brush your teeth, clean your fingernails, use deodorant, and don’t wear too much aftershave or perfume. Men - make sure that you are clean-shaven. Women – keep makeup and jewelry subtle. Don’t smoke!

Once in the interview room, remember that over 80% of all communication is nonverbal: use your body language to project a confident, enthusiastic, positive mental attitude. If you believe in yourself, this is likely to rub off on your interviewer. So give a firm handshake. Smile. Sit up straight. Try and use the name of the person interviewing you at least once, and keep looking them in the eye. Listen carefully to the questions you are asked, think before you speak, and don’t waffle – answer as succinctly as you can, avoiding slang and jargon. And if you don’t know the answer to a question, say so! Try to keep calm: deep breathing often helps you to relax. Speak clearly and at a moderate pace, but use some variety of tone. Having some questions to ask at the end of the interview will demonstrate your interest in the position.