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It is really important that you research the company by viewing their website: find out what sort of organisation it is; who are their customers? What do they make or sell?

Research the role and what the job will involve and you should ideally have some questions to ask at interview but try not to have more than three. Familiarise yourself with your CV and experience and find out if you need to prepare anything for the interview. Some companies do test you in the interview so it is worth finding out beforehand so you are prepared.

Prepare some notes regarding the role and how you can best fit your skills to match the job. It is good to practice answering questions to prepare you for the interview and if possible find out what sort of questions they will be asking at the interview.

Lastly plan your route before the big day and decide on your clothing well in advance as there is nothing worse than being late or flustered when you arrive.

  • Dress to impress; depending on the job role, you should always appear smart
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready and travel to the interview location
  • Arrive 15 minutes early
  • Turn your phone off
  • Don’t take any shopping bags with you
  • Enter the room confidently
  • Shake hands with the interviewer firmly
  • Be polite and friendly
  • Keep good eye contact
  • Answer questions fully and give examples of your experience to prove your skills
  • Speak clearly and slowly
  • Sell yourself
  • Tell the truth
  • Listen to the interviewer
  • Take a pad and pen
  • Breathe
  • Stick to the facts
  • Stay calm
  • You will make a first impression within the first few minutes – make it count!
  • Smoke before an interview
  • Drink alcohol before an interview
  • Wear over powering perfume
  • Interrupt the interviewer
  • Swear
  • Answer questions with a Yes or a No
  • Criticise past employers
  • Slouch or fidget
  • Draw attention to your weaknesses
  • Take any shopping bags with you