Preparation is absolutely critical before any job interview. Without preparation, you will come across as lacking in confidence or worse still, arrogant.
Coming across well in your interview is essential if you wish to land the job and first impressions are a huge determinant in how people will feel about you. According to research, 90% of opinions about you are made within the first four minutes of meeting you, so it’s vital that you make a strong first impression.
Always dress professionally. Even if the role is for a company that is known to dress casually, you must still dress professionally. Avoid jeans and anything too short or revealing. Keep your jewellery and makeup to a minimum. Bring a pen and notebook, as well as some copies of your CV and some copies of your previous work if applicable.
Remember, your interview starts from the moment you arrive at the interview’s premises. Arrive in good time for the interview – not too early and not too late. 10 – 15 minutes is a good indicator as arriving too early can actually give a poor first impression.
Always smile and shake the hand of your interviewer and anybody else you meet within those first moments. Maintain eye contact and greet your interviewer by name.
Specific interview preparation tips