That is easy to say and not so easy to do, but you can do it. Your brain is recognising this experience as stressful situation and activating the stress response, which means that your heart rate increases and your breathing rate increases.  It is vital to take long slow deep breaths to slow both your breathing and heart rate, and you will relax.

What to Bring With You

Bring originals of any documents attached to your CV- academic record, references, etc.  Also bring a positive attitude and your best manners.  Greet the receptionist.  Stand up when people come out to greet you. Shake hands (firm but not bone crushing).  Use people’s names.  Say thank you at the end of the interview.  And bring a notebook and pen.

What not to bring with you

Do not chew gum, smoke, have your mobile phone turned on, or bring a cup of coffee in with you.  See the reference to manners above!


Back to point one – relax.  Smiling, even when you don’t feel like it, will relax you and will help you engage with the interviewers.

Listen carefully and make eye contact

Concentrate on the questions being asked, so you can give your best answer. If there are two or more people in the room, don’t just answer the question to the person who asked it.  Make eye contact each time you answer a question, with everyone in the room.

Ask your own questions

In your preparation for the interview, you will have prepared some questions about the organisation or the role.  Ask questions.  This will show that you have done your research and taken an interest in the organisation.

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