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To ensure successful interview preparation the following checklist will prove useful:
§ Prior to the interview itself get directions to the interview venue and
check out the parking that is adjacent. Give yourself plenty of time
to get to the venue, park and be on time for your interview.
§ Get a contact number for your interviewer or the company itself so in the event that you are unavoidably detained you can make them aware to avoid added inconvenience.
§ Bring a copy of your Resume, a notepad and a ballpoint pen. This will give you a look of organisation and efficiency and give you something to do with your hands during the interview itself.
§ Do not arrive too early for your interview as it indicates anxiousness on your part.
§ Do not arrive late even momentarily as this indicates disinterest and is inconsiderate. In the event of an unavoidable delay as stated above call ahead to explain the situation.
§ Collect your references from your employers prior to the interview. If they are requested the fact that you have them available will indicate your attention to detail.
§ Be confident that you are able to answer the questions, which will be put to you.
§ Relax and breathe deeply before you enter the interview itself. This will help calm your nerves and reduce your tension.
§ Be open and friendly to the receptionist of the staff member sent to greet you, this is part of the process itself and will be considered part of your interview.
§ Be formal and polite, mirror your interviewer. Call them by their title, Mr, Mrs, Ms etc and not their first name. To do so without being invited can be a sign of disrespect.
§ Remember a firm handshake is a good starting point.
§ Do not look at your watch or look around the room as your interviewer begins the process.
§ Do not offer personal opinions on sex, race, culture, age or equal rights.
§ Do not ask about company benefits, salary or holiday entitlements.
§ Respect your interviewer and treat them with the deference they are entitled to.
§ Be aware of your body language throughout the interview.
This checklist is not exhaustive but it goes some way toward improving your chances of performing well at interview.
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