Research the company or organization. Check your library for information, annual reports and promotional brochures. See if friends or previous business contacts have information about the company. Visit their website.
Make a list of specific skills you have acquired in previous jobs or school. Be prepared to discuss your strengths and what makes you qualified to handle the job you are applying for.
Anticipate questions about gaps in your work history. Be able to explain what you accomplished during that time. Expect to answer open-ended questions such as: "Tell me about yourself." or "What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
Prepare a list of questions you want to ask your potential employer. Consider beforehand what you want to know about the job.
Never say anything negative about a previous employer.
Dress neatly and conservatively. You do not want your appearance to make a statement about you before you even say hello.
Allow yourself plenty of time so that you arrive a few minutes early on the day of the interview.
Listen to the interviewer. Make sure you are answering the question being asked. It may help to repeat the question as part of your answer.
Think before you answer any question. Cooperate with the interviewer by providing more than one-word answers, without rambling on and on.
Speak slowly and clearly.
Have a copy of your resume on hand, even if you already sent one. Have samples of your work available, if possible.
Be prepared to take notes, such as a date and time for your follow-up interview.
Show Interest and Smile!
Make eye contact when you greet the person and during the interview.
Provide a strong handshake.
Be alert and sit erect. Put your personal belongings on the floor, not on your lap.