As part of our four-part series on recruiter secrets, we’ve looked at what a good CV should have, and also what you should keep in mind before applying.

At this stage, your CV has stood out, you have caught the attention of the recruiter, and they have even invited you to an interview. Next step is to get ready for the interview.

Ever heard the phrase “practise makes perfect”? Well, next on our series is what recruiters wish you’d practise at home before the interview:

Research and roleplay

Doing some homework on the company and the position you’ve applied for shows great initiative on your part. The next important level to reach next is having the finesse to be able to use the information you’ve researched effectively.

This means you have an understanding of the company and what the position entails, and that you are able to carry out a conversation using the information. A great way to test yourself is to stand in front of a mirror, act like the interviewer asking a question, and then reply. Here’s an example:

Interviewer: Why do you want to work with us?

Your response: "I’m a Jet customer and have been for many years. I know that Jet is much more than a trusted consumer retail brand in South Africa; it also forms the greater part of Edcon. I find its strong values of working well with everyone; from suppliers to customers fascinating, and I would love the opportunity to be part of such an organization…"

Up your confidence game

At home, practise ways in which you can show assertiveness. Again, stand-up straight in front of a mirror, pretend to be greeting an interviewer with an arm stretched out like you are about to give them a firm handshake.

Interviewers are human too, so also have an ice-breaker question or phrase to show that you are confident and also friendly. If for example Jet or Edcon has recently won an award, bring that up as part of your ice-breaker. This conversational piece will leave an impression on the interviewer.

Your ice-breaker phrase: "Well done on making the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2018 list, it must be such an honour?"

Interviewer’s response: Oh, thank you. Three times in a row! We’re so excited and really happy at the recognition…. How did you hear about it?

Your response: "The hashtag was trending on Twitter for a few days, and I was really impressed by your company taking first spot..."

Practise body language

Did you know: Ninety percent of communication is nonverbal? This means that without even talking, your body language can send a strong message to an employer. Some people twitch when they are nervous, others can’t look a person in the eye, while others will play with their hair or clothes. Although it is natural to be nervous, you need to try to eliminate some of those nervous gestures. Practise with someone who knows you well — a friend or parent; let them run a test interview, and ask them to note what some of your negative body language gestures might be. After they have given you feedback, practise again till you are almost perfect!

By following the above mentioned guidelines, you’ll be able to go through your interview process smoothly.