Going to a interview can be a stressful experience to say the least. The best way to ease the tension, boost your confidence and ensure things go smoothly is to prepare and practice in advance. On this page find advice on how to prepare for and also conduct a successful interview.

Start of by being positive, you have been invited to a interview because the recruiter liked what they saw on your CV. You must now build on this by selling your skills and experience to the interviewer and impressing them with your professionalism and communication skills.

Your objective should be to pass the interview successfully and get to the get through to the next stage of the selection and hiring process.

General interview tips:

  • Once you enter the interview room do not sit down until you have been offered a seat.
  • Make sure that you take copies of your CV, references and also any certificates.
  • Dress formally, for men this means a suit and tie. Looking sharp and smart can boost your confidence levels.
  • Make sure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview is due to start.
  • Try to stay relaxed and calm and avoid being fidgety or looking nervous. This will only create a tense atmosphere.
  • Listen carefully to any questions, make sure you understand them and then only give a answer related to it.
  • Show you are enthusiastic by giving a firm handshake and making positive eye contact.
  • During a conversation try to focus on areas that you feel confident in.

What not to do in a interview:

  • Eat chewing gum.
  • Avoid criticising your present or any previous employers.
  • Be late for the interview.
  • Discuss topics like religion or politics.
  • If it is your first interview then do not mention the salary.

Have answers ready for typical interview questions like:

  • How do you think you can improve our company, what benefits could you bring?
  • What do you feel are your strongest points?
  • How would you describe your previous employer?
  • What made you apply for this job?
  • What motivates you in work?

Interview preparation

  • Read the CV that you have previously sent in to the employer. They will have the copy that you have sent in to them.
  • Plan in detail how you will get to the interview by car or public transport. This ensures that you will arrive on time.
  • Do not eat onions, garlic or smoke before a interview. They can leave a odour behind and this can be off putting.
  • Research the company thoroughly so you know what products and services they offer. Learn about their competitors and customers, remember the more information you have the more confident you will feel. Search the Internet for press releases and also recent product launches. Mention relevant points during the interview.
  • Make a list of your key skills, abilities and experiences that are related to the position you are applying for. Then ensure that you bring these up during the interview.
  • Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask at the interview. Only ask these right at the end of the meeting.


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