1. Arrive 15 minutes early to the interview. Fill out all applications neatly and completely.
  2. Bring at least two extra resumes in case the interviewer misplaces yours or you meet additional people.
  3. Do not answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no.” Sell yourself and your attitude by using examples. Similarly, answer questions to the point and refrain from over-explaining.
  4. Avoid topics such as salary, bonuses or vacation on the initial interview.
  5. If you have no experience in a certain area explain a time in the past where you also had no experience with something (a specific software, account or industry) and how your supervisor entrusted you. Then detail the positive result that ensued.
  6. Stay positive! Do not say anything negative about previous or current employers. If you are forced to discuss a negative situation always ‘flip it’ by stating what you learned or why you are better for experiencing it.
  7. Be prepared to share stories and anecdotes that relate to what the client is looking for. For example, “That reminds me of a time…” Stress what you have made, saved or achieved for previous employers that would not have occurred without your efforts.
  8. Be flexible and take cues from the interviewer. Not all interviewers have the best experience interviewing and may not ask you the question you have been practicing for. Make a list of characteristics, experiences and abilities that you would like to get across during your interview to help lead the discussion.
  9. Tell your potential employer what you are going to do for them. Don’t focus on what they can do for you. Use the research you did before the interview to ask intelligent questions about the position, interviewer and company.
  10. Build a relationship. Remember, the goal is to hopefully be working with the interviewer(s) in two weeks.
  11. Do not underestimate the power of the receptionist. They may comment on you when you leave so be nice and if they aren’t too busy, have a conversation.
  12. Stay focused on the positions you are interviewing for now – do not concentrate only on long-term growth, promotions, etc.
  13. Always represent yourself honestly.
  14. Act like you already have the position and the interview is simply a matter of explaining the details.
  15. Ask for the business card of your interviewer(s) so you can send a thank you email as soon as possible. Have someone proof read it before you send it off.
  16. Answer the questions with excitement and enthusiasm. Have fun! With a little luck and a lot of preparation, you could be starting a new job in no time!