If you focus your attention on positions that you are qualified for, while in the midst of a job search, you should soon start receiving job interview calls. When it comes to preparing for this important day or days, keep the following tips in mind:

Bring a Copy of Your CV
This CV isn’t necessarily for the hiring manager, as they should already have a copy of your CV. It is so that you can quickly reference your skills, training, and education. You also show a well-prepared and professional appearance when you have a CV handy to follow along with.

Dress Professional Regardless of the Interview
Professionalism is the key when making a good impression. A good place to start with is your appearance. Regardless of whether you interview for an office manager job at doctor’s office or a cashier job at the local supermarket, professional clothes are ideal. Opt for a dress or men’s suit. Casual professional is okay in some instance; ideal clothes include a pair of solid colour pants with a dress shirt.

Arrive 10 Minutes Early
All experts recommend arriving early – early is better than late. Ten minutes is an ideal amount. You are ready and waiting should the hiring manager call you sooner than scheduled. Arriving too early has its downsides as well, such as you may clog the waiting room or lobby.

Don’t Chew Gum
It seems like common sense – it is easier to talk when your mouth is empty. So don’t chew gum or suck on a piece of hard candy. With that said, some individuals find sucking on a hard piece of candy soothing – still don’t do it.

Don’t Ramble
When asked a question, such as a problem you overcame in the workplace, it is easy to ramble and get off track. Resist the urge. Answer the question – provide a short summary of the workplace complication, how you overcame it, and stop. The interviewer does not need a 10 minute back-story.

Ask Questions Carefully
You always want to ask questions at interviews to show interest, the fact that you were paying attention, and so forth. It is important that you ask these questions carefully. Don’t seem uninformed. Base questions on information already provided to you during the interview – this shows you were listening and are genuinely seeking additional information.

Don’t Worry About Other Interviewees
It is common for a company to have a steady stream of interviews scheduled that day. In the lobby or waiting room, you may find 2 other interviewees waiting for their turn. It is only natural to gauge their appearance, wonder about their experience, and so forth. Don’t let this overcome you – focus on your meeting and yours alone.

Take a Deep Breath
Interviews can be nerve-racking. You want to do well, but it is only natural to assume the worst and think about the million what-ifs. Before heading in, take a deep breath and remember that all you can do is try your best.

State You Look Forward to Hearing from Them
At the end of the interview, you will thank the hiring manager for the job interview. Add in that you “I look forward to speaking with you soon.” This adds an extra bit of confidence. You aren’t demanding an interview, but are confident that the meeting went well. Hiring managers will typically make note of this confidence.

Send a Thank You Note
On your way home write a recap of the interview when it’s fresh in your mind. Compose a follow-up letter and post it within 24 hours. This shows you’re enthusiastic and organised and may set you apart from other applicants in the interviewer’s mind.