Unfortunately most of us fear the very thought of attending an interview and although some may have the qualifications and employment history required you may lose out to another candidate who "interviews better".
We have put together some basic do's and don'ts which we hope will help you along the way.
Preparation & Confidence
These two essential ingredients are entwined. Good preparation creates confidence, so the basic approach to an interview is to be well prepared. This means two things - preparing yourself practically for the interview, and gathering knowledge and information you can draw on during the interview.
Don't forget TO . . .
Remember the employer is interested in you as a person, your experiences and your opinions. Do take the time to sit down and think about who you are and what you have achieved. It can be highly embarrassing to know more about the employer than yourself.
Sit down with your CV and make notes about your work record and what you've achieved. Look at yourself as a person in employment - how do you see yourself, what have you done, what ambitions do you have. Make notes and prepare. Remember that one of the most common interview questions is: "Tell me about yourself". Prepare yourself for this in particular; give a detailed answer but not a life history. Usually interviewers want to know about personal qualities and achievements and examples can be included to support your statement.