Preparing for an interview can mean the difference between getting the job or not. Here are some tips to help you make the best impression possible.
The first impression you make is the most important one. First impressions are primarily based on how you look and what you are wearing. That is why it's always important to dress appropriately for a job interview.
How to dress is highly dependent upon the position you are applying.
Hygiene is very important: Shower, perfume/deodorant (don't over-do it), brush your teeth thoroughly, shave or trim if appropriate, remove excess hair from nose and ear, cut your nails and make your hair nice.
Remember to smile and walk up straight. Shake hands firmly and address everyone in the room.
Body language can unconsciously convey many things about a person. Stand or sti up straight but still naturally. Aim for a neutral posture: Leaning back suggests boredom or lack of interest, while leaning into the conversation can seem overly solicitous or even threatening. Avoid shoving your hands in your pockets, behind your back or even crossed in front of your chest, you run the risk of appearing closed off, stiff or belligerent. You should appear open and approachable; put your hands in front of you, ready to gesture naturally.
Many people fiddle with things when they are nervous. Try not to fiddle with your pen.
Research on the organization/company
Get to know the organization/company that you are applying for a position with. If you have any, use your connections within the organization/company, otherwise the most research can be done online.
Find out what the company may know about you from the internet. One idea may be to limit your social network account to avoid potential employers gaining an insight into your past shenanigans.
Important things to remember before the interview