The job interview is the single most important part of getting a job. The job interview is your opportunity to really showcase your skills and leave a positive first impression of yourself. Follow these guidelines to ensure that you ace your interview.

1. Do your research

Learn about the company where you are interviewing. Visit the company's website and talk to anyone you know that works there. You can learn about the position requirements and typical daily tasks. By researching the company and the position, you will stand out among the other applicants. It will show that you are really interested in working there.

2. Practice your interview questions

By practicing out loud, you will learn to be more concise and polished in your responses. It will also help ease any nervousness that you might have prior to the interview.

3. Dress Appropriately

A good first impression is incredibly important in an interview. If you are unsure what to wear, select the most conservative, professional option. Avoid excessive jewelry, perfume/cologne, and flamboyant clothing. Above all else, make sure that you appear neat and clean.

4. Practice good interview etiquette

Arrive to your interview on time, be aware of your posture and body language, and maintain eye contact. Also, be prepared to ask the interviewer some questions as well. This is your chance to ask additional questions about the position and the employer's expectations. By doing this, you will leave the interview looking prepared and professional.

 

Click on the links below for more advice on how to ace an interview.

Job Interview Tips - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Interview Preparation, Techniques, and Tips

Sample Interview Questions

Job Interview Preparation