- Arrive with time to spare. Memorise your route to the office. If you're delayed for any reason, be sure to notify the company or your consultant immediately.
- Go for a coffee or juice beforehand and use this as an opportunity to focus. Visualise the interview being a success, or maybe try some meditative breathing - the '7/11' technique recommends 7 seconds in, 11 out.
- Come dressed appropriately. The interviewer will expect to see you in professional attire.
- Ensure a firm handshake and smile on first meeting and maintain a comfortable level of eye contact throughout. If you are being interviewed by more than one person, it is vital to acknowledge both.
- Now is your opportunity to bring all of that preparation into play. Demonstrate the knowledge you have gained about the company; ask about career progression but don't let that eclipse your enthusiasm for the current position.
- If you have any reservations about the role or company, don't express them in the interview! Your Page Personnel Secretarial & Business Support consultant will be happy to listen to your feedback immediately after the interview and offer advice.
Staying calm on the big day
While nerves are healthy, the more prepared you are, the less you will have to be nervous about. The following tips should prove useful: