The best way to be prepared is to have a copy of the job description and write out examples for each of the dot points in it. Don’t wing it. Just like the Scouts – be prepared!
Be five minutes early at the reception desk. Too early and you may be cutting into someone else’s meeting. If you’re late… well, late is unacceptable. If this is the one-in-a-million time you happen to be late, call and let them know an estimated time of arrival.
Ask the recruiter what the culture is like, how formal or informal the company is, and what kind of dress code they observe. When in doubt, dress up rather than dress down.
A firm handshake, eye contact and a smile when you first meet your interviewer is a great start to any interview. A limp fish handshake is not a good first impression, too shy and no enthusiasm is also the opposite of a good start out of the blocks.