Do your research
Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you’ve done your homework on things like their core activities and latest product launches. Also take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence. Obviously the first port of call is their website, then check for any news in the Trade magazines or websites.

Practice your answers
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions: –

Tell me about yourself

Strengths and weaknesses?

Why do you want to work here?

What are your goals?

What salary are you looking for?

Look the part
Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, you are smartly and appropriately dressed and that your accessories are subtle.

Stay calm
Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and the may be nervous too! Don’t forget that an interview is as much an opportunity for the company to impress you as it is an opportunity for you to impress them.

Ask questions
You should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare some questions, some which will give you more information about the job and some which delve deeper into the culture and goals of the company.

Be positive
If you are genuinely interested in the role, don’t be afraid to tell the interviewer that the position and company are what you are looking for and that you would be enthusiastic about joining them.