Congratulations! You landed an interview. Now you can make a good first impression in person. Arrive on time and dress the part. Even if you are going to be cleaning litter boxes or wearing a white lab coat when you get the job, dress in a professional manner. Before the interview, do your research. Showing the interviewer that you know a bit about the company goes a long way. It will make a positive impression.
Do a dress rehearsal. Ask a friend to quiz you about past positions, your job-related strengths and weaknesses, and why you are a good fit for this position. Do a bit of role-playing and talk about why you want this position. This way, when questions come up at the interview, you will be prepared and will answer with confidence.
Being prepared allows you to be confident and at ease. The last thing you want is to be nervous. If you are, you can be honest and briefly state that this job is quite important to you and that you are a bit nervous. Then go back to the interview. Once you are talking and learning about the job, your jitters will most likely disappear.
Take four or five copies of your resume with you — even if you know that the person interviewing you has one. You may be asked to interview with a second or third person. Also take samples of your work with you if it pertains to the job. These can be letters from clients who have used your services, or copies of articles you have written. Also take a list of references. This list should include the names, titles, company names, and contact information of three to five references.
Show that you are a good listener, and if you don't understand something, ask. Have a positive attitude and show your enthusiasm. Conclude the interview by stating that you are interested in the job. Thank the interviewer for his time, and ask him when you can expect to hear back. Always follow up with a thank-you note. Thank-you notes can be e-mailed or mailed, but keep in mind that most employers are wowed by a mailed thank-you note. These days, nearly all of us are quick to send e-mails. Sending a note through the postal service will make you stand out among the crowd.