Do your homework on the company. Research the company on the internet if you can, and ask for a position description so you can match your past experiences with the company’s needs.
Dress for an interview
Make sure your attire is neat and tidy – this includes closed-over shoes. It is always best to dress corporately (formal) for any interview, even if the company is a more casual style.
Be on time
Need we say more! It’s never a good look to be late or too early for your interview.
Maintain eye contact
There is an assumption that not making eye contact indicates dishonesty. Try to maintain eye contact without looking crazy eyed!!
What ever you do, don’t put your previous employer down, even if you had a bad experience. Go with that old rule “If you don’t have anything positive to say, don’t say anything”.
Some employers take this tack when interviewing applicants in order to gain a better understanding of past experiences and how this matches up to the role they are advertising. Interviewers will expect you to answer their questions with real experiences. Explain how you handled the situation, without giving too much background detail.
If, by chance, you haven’t been through a particular situation be honest and respond with what you would do in that instance.
It’s always good to take the time to say thank you for the interviewer’s time.
How did you go?
It’s very hard to know how you are going in an interview; one way to find out is to ask whether they want your referee contact details – now you get to watch for body language. Obviously if they can’t look you in the eye, or “um” and “ahh”, then perhaps that’s the best indication of how you have done! We suggest taking your referee details on a separate hand out page to hand over at interview; a good way to close the deal.