Now that you have made it to the second stage of finding a job and landed an interview, it’s up to you to do some groundwork in preparation. If you want to ace your interview, look over the following suggestions for a few tips on how to do it.

Dress Traditionally

Even if the job that you are interviewing for doesn’t involve a suit and tie, you should take the time to dress up for the interview. Wear your “Sunday best” to show that you are serious about wanting to get the position. If you are a man, wear a suit or slacks, dress shirt, and a tie. If you are a woman, wear a suit or tailored blouse with slacks or skirt.

Accessorize Lightly

For the purposes of the interview, it is best if you tone down your accessories. Non-traditional jewelry (tongue piercings, nose rings, and other facial jewelry) should be removed since it gets negative attention. Avoid pink, purple, green, or blue hair dye, and style your hair so that it falls off your face, keeping your eyes free. Likewise, you should keep your makeup and cologne to a minimum.

Research the Company’s Background, Mission, and Operation

Interviewees who know more about the company than other applicants typically perform better and make it through to the second round of interviews. In fact, many of today’s companies expect applicants to know several things about the company beyond the simple fact of what it does.

Prepare a List of Possible Questions

Your interview will go much more smoothly if you prepare for it. Create a list of possible questions that you can use to prepare for your upcoming meeting with representatives from the company. You should include the following questions:

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What makes you a good candidate for this position?
  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • Can you name five of your weaknesses?
  • Can you name five of your strengths?
  • Why did you leave your last job?

Practice Your Answers with a Friend or Family Member

If you want to avoid stumbling over questions during your job interview, ask a friend or family member to help you prepare your answers. Take your list of questions and have your friend ask them in random order. Ask for critiques of your answers so that you can fine tune them for a better presentation. Learn to keep your answers short and focused on the topic presented in the question.

Prepare a Few Comments about Yourself

Typically, today’s interviewers like to break the ice by asking applicants about themselves. Know what you are going to talk about ahead of time. Try and prepare a few sentences about your educational and job experience as well as about your hobbies and what you like to do when you aren’t working.

Final Suggestions

Here are a few more tips:

  • Arrive early.
  • Bring a list of references with you.
  • List a range for salary preference or mark it as negotiable.
  • Speak in full sentences.