Interviews are daunting, there's no doubt about that, but these tips will help you prepare yourself.

  1. Do your research. Read the job description carefully and note down what skills and strengths they're looking for. Check out the company's website and learn about what it does and what its goals are. You can use this information to explain how your personal qualities match up with the company’s needs. 

  2. Review your CV. Interviews put you under pressure and can make you forget important things. Look over your CV. If it becomes the focus of the conversation, you'll be ready to talk about your experience, achievements and qualifications.

  3. Arrive on time. Write down the address, work out how you’re going to get there and, if you can, do a practice run. Aim to arrive 15 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start.

  4. Dress appropriately. What to wear for an interview varies according to the industry, but your clothes should always be clean and smart. 

  5. Be positive – about yourself, the position you’re going for and your past experience.

  6. Go into detail. Think of several examples of times when you accomplished something important. Be specific about what the task was, how you went about it, any problems you faced and what skills or strengths you used to succeed.

  7. Emphasise all your strengths. There are probably lots of people going for the job with similar work experience and qualifications to you, so make yourself stand out from the crowd. Highlight strengths that aren’t just a result of a job or a course. 

  8. Be honest. Never lie in a job interview. It’s very easy to get caught out.

  9. Listen. Listen carefully to what they say and wait until they have finished, and you'll be able to give the best answer.

  10. Ask questions. This not only gives you an opportunity to clarify anything you're unsure of, it also shows you have an enquiring mind and are genuinely interested in the job.