Tip 1: Dress to enhance your personal brand
You know that your visual impact is very important. It's your first way of sending the right message. Ways to do this effectively are:
*Think about your environment and audience before deciding on your attire.
*Think about what message about yourself you want to send to your interviewer. Do you want him/her to think you are highly controlled, independent thinking, powerful or creative?
*Make sure your outfit makes you feel confident and enhances your strong points and minimizes your weaknesses. If you need to wear a power suit, bring in some colour to compliment your skin tone.
*You want to look natural. You don't want those 'You look smart, are you going for an interview?' comments.
Tip 2: Be prepared and know your strengths
Much like you update your CV, you need to anticipate questions and prepare responses that highlight your key achievements or strengths. Consider the following when you prepare:
*Write your key achievements and positive qualities down.
*Ask yourself what the ideal profile would be for the opportunity and then link your qualities to this.
*Keep responses concise, one of the key mistakes people make during interviews is to give too much in an effort to impress. If they want to know more they will ask.
*Phrase responses neutrally and don't start every sentence with 'I'. Yes you are talking about yourself but too many 'I' messages can become too much.
Tip 3: Relax and interact
An interview is stressful and even if you are well prepared, your body will react and produce stress responses, apply the following to ensure that nerves don't sink your performance:
*Acknowledge the nerves and frame it as 'excitement' this will help you to portray enthusiasm.
*Open your posture and breathe deeply to add physical relaxation.
*Listen actively, we often become so preoccupied with 'saying' the right thing that we tend not to listen fully to the questions.
*Slow the rate of your speech down. This will generate confidence and will give you time to structure responses.