Research the company
You’ll create a great impression if you show that you’re interested in the company and that you already know a bit about what they do and how they operate. You can find out information about the company and its employees on the company’s website, on its social media pages and through Google search. Find out who will be interviewing you and their role.
Have an interview outfit planned
Pick something that is of current fashion and try it on a few days before the interview to make sure it fits and looks good. Leave plenty of time for it to be washed and ironed before you need it.
● If your hair is looking a little untidy, now is the time for a cut
● Shave or trim your beard
● Keep your hygiene in check – shower and wear deodorant
● Make sure your nails are clean
● Cover up tattoos and take out visible piercings for the interview
Practise answering interview questions with a friend or family member so that you won’t find yourself stuttering on the day (see our section on common interview questions).
Know your resume
Read your resume through a few times and know what’s on there so you can talk about it confidently.
Know the job ad
Make sure you’re clued up on what the company is looking for so you can sell yourself in the interview.
Check on how you are going to get there
If you’re using public transport, check the timetable in advance and for any delays. It’s helpful to do a practice run to the company building so you know you’ll be on time. If you’re going to be late on the day of your interview, call ahead. But do your very best to not be late.
You can never predict entirely how an interview will go but, for the best chance, a little preparation goes a long way.