Interviewing rules

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In the current job market, presentation and preparation are key to giving you the best chance against the competition. Review the following points before you attend that all-important interview.

Look Sharp

Select your outfit a couple of days before your interview. Depending on the industry and position, your smartest suit is usually the best option. Even if the company operates a casual policy, at this stage it is important that you are looking your very best. Above all, dress with confidence. If you feel good, others will respond to you accordingly.

Be on Time

Never arrive late to an interview. Allow extra time to arrive early in the vicinity of the building, allowing for factors like getting lost. Enter the building 10 to 15 minutes before the interview. Nobody ever made a negative impression by arriving early – but you may ruin your chances if you are late.

Do Your Research

Research the company before the interview and learn as much as possible about its services, products, customers and competition. This will give you an edge in understanding and addressing the company's needs. The more you know about the company and what it stands for, the better chance you have of selling yourself. You also should try to find out about the company's culture to gain an insight into your potential happiness in the role.

Be Prepared

Bring along a folder containing extra copies of your CV, a copy of your references and paper to take notes (optional). You should also have questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview.

Show Enthusiasm

A firm handshake and plenty of eye contact demonstrates confidence. Speak distinctly in a confident voice, even though you may feel nervous.


One of the most neglected interviewing skills is listening. Make sure you are not only listening, but also reading between the lines. Sometimes what is not said is just as important as what is actually said.

Answer the Question Asked

Candidates often don't think about whether or not they actually are answering the questions asked by their interviewers. Make sure you understand what is being asked, and get further clarification if you are unsure.

Give Specific Examples

One specific example of your background is much more valuable than a number of vague stories. Prepare your responses before the interview. Give examples that highlight your successes and uniqueness. Your past behaviour can indicate your future performance.

Last but not the least, ask Questions!

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