1. Be prepared
Being well prepared gives you a feeling of security and increases your self-confidence. Present yourself in the best possible light. Put yourself in the position of the interviewer; consider the questions they might ask you and the main qualities that they would want you to bring to the job.
Practise presenting yourself. Every interview will start with a request for you to briefly introduce yourself and summarise your career up to that point. You can practise doing so before the interview. Make a list of the most important professional milestones on your CV. Use the opportunity to think about what the interviewer should definitely know about you. Prepare to answer why you’re looking for a new challenge and why you are interested in the vacancy.
Think of some specific examples that demonstrate your skills. When presenting your career history, make sure to cite examples and figures to highlight your skills. You could, for example, mention the size of a team that you managed or a budget for which you were responsible. These facts are essential for fleshing out your capabilities and experience for your interviewer.
It is extremely important to do some research on the company and the products and/or services it sells. In any interview, the candidate is always asked about their knowledge of the company. If you’ve done your homework and can show that you know some key facts about the company, you will impress the person sitting in the interview chair.
Plan your route to the interview location. Find out the correct address and plan your journey to the interview. This will eliminate the risk of losing your way at the last minute and being late.
Factor in enough time to get to your interview on time. It’s better to be ten minutes early than five minutes late.
Dress appropriately, because there is no second chance at making a first impression. Your clothes should reflect the position that you’re applying for and make you feel comfortable, so you look professional and at ease.