Practicing Your Responses
It’s best, if you’re prone to nervousness, to practice giving your responses to the questions that may be asked of you. A list of the most common questions will appear later on in this guide.
You should practice your wording and the tone of voice that you plan to use. Try to keep your responses as brief as possible, but with as much detail as you possibly can. In other words: be informative and concise.
When you try to work out the proper responses to the interviewer’s questions, you’ll also want to practice the art of getting your nerves under control as well as ridding yourself of any other odd habits whilst talking, like expressing yourself with your hands too much.
Try to practice answering your interview questions with a friend. Get his or her opinion about the way you deliver and your gestures. Maybe your friend will have some useful insights for you to adopt during the real interview.
Dressing The Part
Pre-select your attire a day before your interview. You want to make sure that your clothes don’t have any creases or stains on them!
Choose an outfit that best fits the type of job that you’re applying for. If you’re going to work in an office setting, you should dress conservatively. Soft earth tones are a good choice for women. Try to avoid mini-skirts and shirts that reveal too much flesh. A nice dark suit is a good choice for a male.
Of course if you’re planning to work outdoors or in an artistic environment, you may dress a bit more casually. Just make sure you avoid wearing denim jeans, over-sized clothing, and under-sized clothing. Women should try to avoid wearing too much make-up. It can sometimes give the wrong impression.
Even in hot seasons, you must not wear sandals or gym shoes to an interview. It tends to send an unprofessional message. The same also goes for hats and other accessories.
Make sure that all of the things that you’ll need for the interview are prepared the day before.
Make a checklist of the things that you’ll need if you have to. You should always try to have an extra resume handy during the interview.
You should also bring with you a note pad in order to take notes during the interview if need be. Only write down the important things that you think you’ll need to remember. If you have a business card, have one handy. It makes for easy contact later on, and it also shows that you’re professional and may help the employer to remember your name.
Now go to the next step: How To Act During My Interview.