Now you have prepared yourself for the event. But you still need to perform in the interview. When you go to an interview, you need to sell yourself. The interview is your chance to show the company that you are the best person for the job.
Avoid monosyllabic responses and volunteer supporting information whenever possible, but be brief. Give practical examples of how you have shown commitment and motivation in the past.
Make sure you know where the interview is taking place and allow yourself plenty of time to get there. If you're going to be late, call the firm and let them know (take the phone number with you). Try and find out how long the interview will last, and how many people will be interviewing you.
Arrive a little early for the interview. Ten minutes spent in the reception will give you time to collect your thoughts and a chance to read the firm's brochures and study recent press releases. Listening to the receptionists and watching the comings and goings can provide a valuable insight into the type of firm you might be joining.
Even if the organisation dress code is relaxed or casual, you should be dressed smartly for an interview. You cannot be too formal for an interview, but you can certainly fail by not being smart enough. First impressions count, and making an obvious effort to be smart shows that you are serious and want this job.
The success of communication is often non-verbal. So be aware of your body language. And remember, that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Look in the mirror and check your posture. Your shoulders can communicate more than words. Relax and have an open and confident attitude. A firm handshake and a natural smile can be practised. Keep remembering, you've hardly said a word and your interviewer might already be thinking positive about you!
Sitting slouched in a chair looking around the room gives the impression that you are not really interested or enthusiastic, whereas sitting slightly forward in your seat and engaging your interviewer's eyes gives the impression that you are interested.
You're in control of what you let the interviewer know, so take responsibility during the interview:
It's worth making notes immediately afterwards on what you thought went well and what didn't. Experience always enhances performance, so make the most of the meeting.