Before the interview:
Being prepared is one of the number one things interviewers look for in a potential employee, so there are many things one can do before an interview.
One of these things is being aware of your appearance. This is more than just dressing conservatively, it is making sure your clothes are ironed, you have showered, and you are not wearing perfume or cologne(some people are allergic to perfume and cologne or you may just overpower the interviewer).
Another thing one should do before an interview is research the company that you are applying for. Many companies will ask what you know about the company, or even why you want the job, and you will need to have a response that is more than i like the salary. You might want to create a mental list of goals and accomplishments that you can use as examples during the interview.
Finally, you always want to be about ten to fifteen minutes early to an interview, so you want to make sure you know where your going. You may want to make a drive by the location a day or two ahead of time to figure out how much time you will need to get there, but even then make sure you leave your house with plenty of time in case of bad traffic or an accident.
During the Interview:
Remember that the second you enter the building your interview has begun. Anyone that walks by or sees you could report back to your interviewer, so you should come into the building with your cell phone off, and your game face on. Also, always come to an interview alone; never bring a friend or your kids. Plan ahead so that you have plenty of time, and you are not rushing to make another appointment.
Once you are introduced to your interviewer(s) shake his/her hand firmly and greet them politely.
During the interview Do Not:
– Joke around- there is a good chance they will not think you are funny.
-Babble- going on and on about what a great person you are is not an attractive quality.
-Speak negatively- whether it is about your old boss or a project that went badly for you.
-Flirt with the interviwer
-Play with you face, hair, necklace, etc.- this makes you look like you are lying or have lack of confidence.
During the interview Do:
-Make good eye contact
-Ask questions- it may be a good idea to have a few prepared beforehand.
-Speak clearly- if you do not understand a question ask them to clarify.
After the Interview:
One should send a thank you card after the interview. Do not wait two or three weeks to send the card, it should be done within a day or two of the interview. This shows you have an interest in the position. If you wait a few weeks and you have not heard back from them that just makes you look desperate for the postion when you finally do send the Thank You. With technology today it seems easy to just send a quick e-mail, but it is more personal if you send an actual card.