Giving a good Interview is one of the most important parts of the job seeking process and although they may seem daunting we can help get you on your way to pulling off a first rate interview, no sweat! Giving a good interview is all about preparation and with our articles you can scrub up on your technique and composure to help you get a step closer to the job you want.

Interview Itinerary checklist

Preparing for your interview is not just a mental process, ensuring that you bring the right materials and knowledge with you is equally important. The following checklist will help you prepare for the big day..

Interview Checklist Items for Your Briefcase

Your Resume and Job/Professional References: But don’t just throw these crucial documents in your bag. Linguists and psychologists have found that 93 percent of all communication is nonverbal. How you present this information says a lot about you.

To that end, The Diversity Group recommends you buy an inexpensive two-pocket folder in blue, since this colour appeals to both men and women and conveys a business feel. On the left side, place your CV, and on the right, your letters of recommendation and reference list. When you get to the interview, say, “I wanted to bring an extra copy of my CV — here it is,” and open the folder, turning it around for the interviewer to read.

“This is a sign you are open and honest as well as organised, The more you show you are prepared, the more you are showing respect.”

Pad and Pen: Taking a few notes during your interview (while being careful not to stare at your notepad the whole time) is another sign of respect. “It makes them feel you are listening,”

Business Card: People either take in information visually, audibly or through touch. “The more you give them to touch, the more real it seems to them,”

Directions: “These lower your anxiety,” adding that it’s preferable to drive to your interview location in advance and park so you can see how long the journey takes.

Mobile Phone: You can always leave this bit of modern life in your car, but if you must take it with you, make sure it stays turned off and in your briefcase; it’s a huge sign of disrespect to be interrupted during an interview or give the appearance you’ll be interrupted.

“If you’re a man, don’t even wear it on your belt,” “Keep it hidden.”

The Intangibles

Company Research: In almost every interview, you’ll be asked what you know about the company.

A Smile: It may sound sappy, but this nonverbal clue is an immediate rapport-builder. Interviewers are often nervous, too.

“In one-sixteenth of a second, we assess whether someone will harm, help or hurt us,” “(A smile) immediately tells someone that you’re not going to hurt them.”