Free stock photo of numbers, time, watch, white The big day is here. Finally, your days of compiling a CV and cover letter are done. You’ve applied for various positions and eventually landed that interview you’ve been waiting for. What now? What to expect? What to wear? The list of questions goes on. You have to prepare yourself for the worst scenario. This can be the most nerve-wracking process of your life. The prospect of having to meet and affect new people can cause anxiety.   If you want to make a good impression, then preparing yourself for the interview is essential. In order for your interview to be successful, you have to know how to differentiate yourself from other candidates. You must be prepared for different questions, don’t focus too much on yourself and must be able to connect effectively with the interviewer. The good thing is that interviewing is a skill that you can learn. Here are five tips that you can use to walk into your interview with confidence. Do your research If you want success in your job interview, then you need a good and firm knowledge and background about the company you’re applying to and the job itself. You should understand the job you’re applying for and what the requirements are. The more research you do, the more you’ll understand the job and the better you’ll be able to answer those easier questions. Go to the company’s website and ask your network of contacts about what they know about the organisation. If you conduct research, then you’ll be able to fully demonstrate your enthusiasm for the career field and the organisation. You’ll also be able to articulate how your skills, knowledge and values match those of the industry. Prepare for interview questions Unfortunately, you have to prepare yourself for anything. You don’t really know what to expect. Before the interview, you can maybe ask what type of interview it’ll be. Will it be one-on-one or a panel of interviewers? You need to try and determine what you’ll be asked and think of detailed yet brief responses that focus on your specific achievements. A good way to remember answers to specific questions is by putting them into a story form. You don’t have to memorise it, you just need to know it in talking points. You must be smart about this and make sure the interviewer notice that you’ve came prepared. Dress smartly This is the first thing the interviewers will see when you approach them, so make sure it’s on point. First impressions counts. Before you have had a chance to discuss a skill or qualification, you’ve already been judged on appearance. Therefore, you should wear something that fits the company and its culture. Strive for the most professional outfit. Another reason why research is important; you must be aware of whether to wear formal or casual clothing. It’s always better to be overdressed than under. Make sure that your clothes fit and are clean and ironed. Keep accessories and jewelry to a minimum. You don’t want to scare prospective managers away Time Out of all, this might be the most important one. You should never arrive late for an interview. Whether you’re on time or not this is the first thing, before the appearance, that they’ll look at. Try to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled interview. That way you can catch a breath and check out the office space. While it’s important to allow yourself enough time to settle in, arriving too early can actually cause negativity. You don’t want to look desperate to land the job. If you’re there way before the time, go to a coffee shop instead or get to know the neighborhood. Nevertheless, being on time is a must. That’ll also show the interviewer how punctual you’ll be in the workplace. Ask wise questions Employers tend to make a judgement about an applicant’s interest in the job by whether they ask questions. Even if you know everything about the company, asking a question or two won’t do any harm. This’ll show that you’ve done your research. You can ask whether the company offers a pension fund and medical care. Then you’ll also know the medical aid day to day benefits that comes along with it. You can also ask about the history and hierarchy of the organisation. Smart job seekers normally prepare themselves days before the time and add anything else that arise during the interview. Always take extra copies of your CV to your interview. If you maybe have a portfolio or illustrations of your work, bring that with as well. Also take a pen or two and notebook along, in case you have to take notes or write a test. The more effort you put in preparing for the interview, the more success you’ll see.