Much has been said and written about what to do when interviewing for a job. From being on time, to dressing one notch up, the advice is practical and important.But should you do before the interview? What should you do to prepare? Here are a few pieces of pre-interview advice:
Make sure your shoes are cleaned and shined – people, including interviewers, notice your footwear. If it’s messy or dirty or unkempt, is that how you’ll be in your job as well? Check that clothes are neat and clean – stain-free, odor-free, and wrinkle-free. It’s not a bad idea to invest in an iron: Pressed impresses. Clean and trim your fingernails- one of the first things you’ll do is shake hands. Ensure presentable, neat hair – keep the focus on what you have to say, not how you look. Keep jewellery to a minimum – nothing flashy or jangly —you don’t want to cause any distractions. Know the location – have the address and phone number on your phone, practicing the journey to the location is a good idea and helps take some pressure off on the interview day. Get in touch – If you have any pre interview queries, get in touch with the company, this shows initiative and will make you stand out. Bring paper and pen to take notes during your interview – you don’t want to have to ask for it during the interview. Be prepared- be aware of the weather, take a coat, pack an umbrella. Make sure your turn your phone off before you enter the interview room, putting it on silent isn’t always reliable. And be remembered for the right reasons!