Preparing For Your Interview

Feeling nervous for an interview is perfectly normal; everyone wants to do their best.  But if you do everything you can to prepare yourself, you can get the better of your nerves and give yourself the best chance of getting the job.The first thing you should do is research the role you are being interviewed for, and the organisation.  Find out what the employer is looking for in their ideal candidate, then think about how well your experience, interests and skills suit the job role and how you can put this across effectively.  Anticipate the questions you may be asked and plan your answers in a way that will make you come across as confident but not arrogant.  Perhaps even ask a friend or family member to help you with some practice questions so you know what to expect.

Next, you should plan the day of your interview, expect the unexpected and be prepared for every outcome.  Schedule your journey with an aim to arrive ten minutes early to your interview and do a test run beforehand so you know exactly how long it takes to get there.  Use the maps application on your mobile, or carry a street map to prevent you from getting lost, but make sure you have the number of the company saved so you can get in touch with them if you are going to be late.

Decide what you will wear and set it out the night before.  Even if you’re not sure of what the company’s dress code is, suits and business wear are probably the best option; it’s always better to be overdressed than under dressed!  Once your clothes are set out, get to bed.  Have an early night to make sure you are fresh and ready for the important interview ahead.