• Prepare by researching the company you are interviewing with and the role you are interviewing for. You should read through the company’s website very thoroughly and Google them to find other news—sometimes you may even find relevant clips or interviews on YouTube. This will ensure that you have a greater understanding of the company’s operations, and you can show the interviewer that you have done your research, and that you are very enthusiastic about the job opportunity at hand.
• You should at least know your interviewer’s name, and sometimes it is helpful to research your interviewer's background or role within the company.
• Read your CV through and make sure you know it well. Be prepared to answer detailed questions on specific professional, educational, and extracurricular activities.
• Practice answering questions and talking about yourself and your background—even if you think you know what you will say it is always a good idea to practice so you are more comfortable during the interview.
• Be prepared to provide detailed responses including specific examples of your work experience. The best way to prepare is to think of examples where you have successfully used the skills you have acquired. Also be prepared to explain how your experience relates to the job you are interviewing for. See our
‘Top 30 Interview Questions’
for more advice on what to prepare.
• Always give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the interview in case of traffic or difficulty in finding parking, or any other unforeseen circumstances. Use the extra time you have when you arrive to spend a few more minutes going over your CV and reviewing any notes you have made. Bring extra copies of your CV for your interviewer(s).
• Make sure you are professionally dressed, or if in national dress, make sure your clothes are clean and ironed. Don’t wear too much make-up if you’re a female; make sure you have shaved or are well groomed if male, and avoid wearing too much perfume or aftershave.
• During the interview, make sure you maintain good eye contact, good posture, speak clearly and confidently without being arrogant. Don’t chew gum or smoke! Make sure your mobile phone is on silent, and if you forget and your phone does ring, or you get a text message, apologize then put it on silent without answering or replying.
• If you don’t understand a question, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to clarify what they mean or reiterate the question. Also, don’t rush, take your time, and think of a good answer.
• Always make sure you have prepared some questions for the interviewer at the end to show you are interested in the company. These questions should be related to your role, the company’s operations, recent news etc. Remember that you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the position are a good fit for you.
• Avoid asking questions such as “What are your working hours?” and “What are your benefits?” until an offer has been made. Show the company you are interested in them and how you can be a part of their team and contribute to their success.
• Make sure you get your interviewer’s business card or contact details and follow-up with a thank you e-mail within 24 hours of your interview.