Don’t be late. It seems the most obvious interview tip, but many people struggle with punctuality. Plan your route well in advance, assume you may be delayed to give yourself plenty of time to arrive to your interview about 10 minutes early. This will show that you are keen and emphasize your ability to be punctual
REVIEW YOUR KEY POINTS
Do remember to go over your resume and achievements prior to the interview. When the interviewer asks you questions about this, you should be able to answer them straight away without referring to your resume and be able to expand on important details.
LOOK THE PART
Find out what people wear in advance if possible. Do dress smartly and be sure that your clothes are clean and ironed, if necessary. Make sure that you maintain good personal hygiene. Hair should be washed, nails should be clean and trimmed and be sure to take measures to ensure you don’t have any body odour.
Don’t smoke before going into your interview. Even if your interviewer smokes too, chances are they don’t want to smell the remnants of your last cigarette lingering in the room for the duration of your interview.
SILENCE YOUR CELL PHONE Do remember to switch your phone off. Even if it’s on silent, you may have an alarm you forgot about go off in the middle of the interview which will definitely come across as unprofessional.
AVOID SLANG Don’t use slang or curse words when speaking with the employer. Even if you feel it is a very casual situation, or you are a bit nervous, it’s always best to come off as being polite.
Do speak eloquently and think about how what you’re saying will come across to the hiring managers. Think in advance about what makes you the best person for the role and be confident. Avoiding colloquialisms and fillers such as “um” and “like” will definitely give the hiring manager a better impression of you.
WATCH YOUR BODY LANGUAGE
Don’t slouch in your seat or make other gestures that may suggest disinterest in either being at the interview or what the interviewer is talking about.
Do sit up straight, avoid excessive fidgeting and be genuinely engaged with the interviewer. Behaving in any other way is likely to come off as disrespectful and unprofessional.
DON'T LIE OR OVER-EXAGGERATE
Don’t lie or over-exaggerate when answering questions about your past employment and achievements. More likely than not you will be found out. Rather than run the risk of being exposed later, be truthful about your accomplishments and focus on skills that could be valuable in the new role.