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Ensure you go through this checklist before attending an interview to increase your chances of success.

☐ Location and travel details

Do you know exactly where the interview will be taking place? Do you know how you will get there and how long it will take, allowing for delays?

☐ Date and time

Do you know exactly when it will take place? For remote interviews, allow an hour or two to ensure your environment is appropriate and your technology is working correctly. For face-to-face, aim to arrive 10-15 minutes early.

☐ Appropriate dress

Are you dressed appropriately? Even if conducting a video interview, ensure you are able to dress the part so the impression you leave is the right one. Check carefully if the employer has detailed a dress code, otherwise assume you should dress in smart business-casual or a work suit dependant on the role.

☐ Materials

Unless the employer asks you not to prepare anything, it is a good idea to have your CV for both yourself and the interviewer to refer to. Ensure you check to see if the employer has requested that you have anything else such as a portfolio, papers answering some questions for them, or a prepared presentation.

☐ Employer details

If possible, it’s a good idea to find out the names of those who will be interviewing you before going in for the interview. This will allow you to feel and appear more confident when you arrive and introduce yourself.

☐ Luggage

If you have travelled for this interview, ensure you have a plan regarding your luggage. If you need to have it with you, check with the employer if you can leave your luggage with reception so it is out of the way.

☐ Hydration
For phone or video interviews, be sure to have a drink of water nearby. Remember you can ask an employer for one if going for a face-to-face interview.

☐ Body language

Practice your body language including a firm introductory handshake (for in-person interviews). Practice sitting without fidgeting if it is an issue for you. Be sure you know how to appear open and confident.

☐ Questions

Use your research to prepare questions for the employer. Make a note to also ask about when you will hear back, or what will happen next. You may also like to practice asking questions to clarify what an employer has asked you if you are worried about mishearing or misunderstanding questions.

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