The Optimum Way:
"Put your best foot forward"
Remember not to try too hard to impress your interviewer. You don't have to be brilliant and witty. You need to appear competent and mature.
The employer is trying to determine whether you have the ability and training to do the job. He or she wants to know whether you can adapt to that company's work environment. They'll likely try to get a handle on whether you can be a punctual, reliable and productive addition to their work team.
Credibility is key
Be prepared to answer questions related to your past work experience, education, likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, as well as future goals. Don't pretend that you know more than you do. If caught, your credibility will be lost.
You should also prepare yourself before the interview with information about the company you seek to join. Ask questions about its products and services. Seek information about the job for which you are applying. A sense of awareness and curiosity will let them know that you are not just going through the motions, but have taken the time to think about their company.
Other useful tips
- Listen carefully and respond only when asked a direct question.
- Maintain eye contact with your interviewer.
- Do not discuss salary, benefits or vacation on the first interview
- Be prepared to discuss salary expectations, at any time if asked.
- Be cheerful and don't be afraid to smile.
- Thank your interviewer for his or her time and interest.
MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The most commonly asked questions at job interviews, according to a site found at http://careers.yahoo.com/careers/interviewing.html
What follows is an excerpt from the site, together with the questions and the type of responses you might think about giving. Among the characteristics highest on a company's list are teamwork and innovation. They may not ask whether you are a team player, or creative, -- that doesn't mean you shouldn't go ahead and tell them. But then again, a lot of interviewers will ask you outright: tell me why your personal traits will work here.