Interview Preparation: On Arrival

On arrival at the interview:

  1. A friendly, professional greeting

When you enter the interview building, greet reception staff in a friendly, professional manner. If possible, find out the name of the receptionist so you can break the ice with a personal greeting. Introduce yourself and explain that you’re there for an interview and provide the name of the interviewer/s.

  • Wait professionally

Adopt a professional approach when you’re sat waiting for the interview, using positive, confident body language. Now isn’t the time to check your social media accounts or WhatsApp your friends. Instead, switch your phone off before you enter the building and leave it alone until afterwards. If there are any corporate brochures to hand, flick through these while you wait.

  • First impressions count

It’s a fact that first impressions count, so as soon as the interviewer approaches you, ensure you come across as personable, professional and courteous. Stand up straight, smile, make eye contact and extend your hand. Say hello and introduce yourself, stating that it’s a pleasure to meet them, and thank them for taking the time to see you today. Attention to detail can go a long way to securing your dream role.

In summary, give yourself the best chance possible for interview success by preparing well in the lead up to your interview. Use the week before to brush up on your techniques and knowledge of the company, the night before to get a good night’s rest and the interview itself to showcase your organisation and diligence in preparing for this interview.