Research the company’s background. Find out who its major competitors are and what the position entails. Interviewers commonly ask applicants what they know about the company, and with a little preparation you can answer confidently.
Practice answering common behavioral and role-playing interview questions. Research the types of questions typically asked of people applying for the same type of job you are, and rehearse answering them at home. For example, if you’re applying for a managerial role, you might be asked how you’ve resolved a conflict between employees.
3. Dress Well
Dress appropriately and wear clothing that both fits well and is comfortable. Wear a suit in an interview in a business office. For less conservative environments, slacks and a nice shirt work well for both men and women, or women can wear a skirt and blouse or a dress. A safe rule is to dress to fit into the setting, not stand out in it.
4. Be Punctual and Prepared
Arrive to your interview location early. Never keep an interviewer waiting for you to show up. Find out the exact location of the interview ahead of time so there are no surprises. Call ahead to confirm the directions and get a description of the building, if necessary. Use online mapping software to get directions even if you have a GPS. Bring several copies of your resume, and any documentation you need, or notes you want to refer to.
5. First Impression
Greet your interviewer with confidence. Provide a firm handshake, make good eye contact, and give a pleasant smile. Let the interviewer know you are pleased to have the opportunity for the interview, but don’t get carried away with small talk.
6. Don’t Stress
Stay calm and remind yourself of your skills, qualities and value. Find out what this potential employer is all about, share what you can offer, and gauge if the company is worthy of your time and commitment.
7. Introduce Yourself Professionally
Don’t share personal information such as marital status, whether you have children, or what your age is when asked to introduce yourself. Provide a brief synopsis about what you have done professionally and what led you to apply for the job in question.
8. Answering Questions
Answer all questions completely and with confidence. Listen carefully to what is being asked and confirm the question, if necessary. Pause briefly before answering to avoid saying something unintentionally. Use positive language and have a positive tone of voice.
9. Stay Positive
Refrain from drawing attention to qualities that may turn potential employers off if asked what your weaknesses are. If you were fired from your last job or quit, and are asked why you left, answer tactfully, highlighting any positive aspects, and then go on to explain what you are looking for in your next employer. Be prepared to ask the interviewer a few questions for your own information and to show interest.