Interview Preparation


Preparation is the first essential step towards conducting a successful interview. The better prepared you are, the more confident you'll be.

90% of opinions about you are made in the first four minutes, 60%-80% of your communication is non-verbal.

Professional attire always impresses. No matter what the role, dress to impress. But this isn’t a date and you are not going to a club!

Be sure to bring a few copies of your CV, a pen, and a list of questions to ask. The interview starts the minute you walk in and lasts until you exit the door. Don’t ever be late and no more than 15 min early.

Smile: especially when you first meet the interviewer. That first impression will stick in the manager’s mind for a long time.

Handshake: There’s nothing like a confident handshake! Use the person’s name as you greet them with a handshake. Make sure the palms are not sweaty!

Eye contact: Is actually a form of communication and it has a magical ability to build rapport. So, make eye contact with your interviewer, both when you’re talking and when the interviewer is talking.

Ensure that you know the following things:

  • The exact time and location of the interview, route, parking etc and how long it will take to get
  • there.
  • The interviewer's correct title and pronunciation of his or her full name.
  • Specific facts about the company - its history, financial position, competitors, products and
  • services.
  • Research the company's website in full. Learn as much as you can about the organization before you interview with them. Odds are they are doing the same on you. Web site, General Google Search, your professional and personal network, Linkedin, Facebook
  • Just as important as researching the company, you should also learn as much as you can about the interviewer (before the interview).
  • Try to find any accomplishments, history with the organization or outside interests. Read the company's website to learn about the company's Directors and the Companies goals and direction—anything that will help you break the ice and to know a bit more. Again, odds are they are doing the same on you.
  • Prepare some questions to ask the interviewer. Remember that an interview is a two way street. The interviewer will try to determine through questioning whether you are the right person for a specific job. Likewise, you must determine through questioning whether this potential employer will provide the opportunity for career development that you seek

Interview Tips

  • During the interview, you will be assessed for your strengths and weaknesses/areas for development. In
  • addition to this, specific personal characteristics will be examined, such as attitude, aptitude, stability, motivation and maturity.
  • Arrive on time or a few minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
  • Switch your mobile phone off before you enter the building.
  • Shake hands firmly and smile.
  • Wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright in your chair and look alert and interested at all times.
  • Be as charismatic as possible; it is very important that you demonstrate your interpersonal skills during the interview.
  • Be a good listener as well as a good talker.
  • Maintain good eye contact throughout.
  • Follow the interviewer's leads. Try, however, to obtain a full description of the position and duties it incorporates at an early stage so that you can relay your appropriate background and skills accordingly.
  • Make sure that your good points get across to the interviewer in a concise, factual and sincere manner.
  • Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing. Never close the door on opportunity. It is better to be in a position where you can choose from a number of offers - rather than only one.
  • Avoid answering questions with a simple 'yes' or 'no'. Explain yourself whenever possible.
  • Describe those things about yourself that relate to the position on offer.
  • Don’t make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers.