Practice Makes Perfect
If it's your first time out in the real world or if it's been a while since your last job interview, don't be surprised if your first interview turns out to be somewhat disastrous. Though your first interview won't necessarily flop because you are out of practice, you'd be wise to try to schedule your first interview with a company that may not be on the top of your list. Interviewing with your dream company for that ideal job the first time out may not be your best move. If you don't know what to expect from an interviewer, you could blow your chances of employment.
Don't despair if that first interview is less than perfect. Certainly you've heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect.” It's true. The more you interview—or even practice for an interview—the more likely you are to master the art of it. Refer to the later chapters in this book to learn some of the most commonly asked interview questions, and practice your answers to them.
No job hunting experience is a bad one if you can learn from it. Even if you have a horrible interview, at least you can analyze what went wrong to improve your chances in the next one. Consider each job-hunting activity as an additional step in enriching your abilities, and take criticism as an opportunity to improve yourself.
Figure out the kinds of answers that an interviewer would be looking for, and think of a way to answer these questions as they relate to you and your own experience. That said, try to get one or two interviews under your belt before you decide to meet with the hiring manager of the company of your dreams. If that's not possible, make sure you practice until you've got it nearly perfect, as you've only got one shot at making a good impression.