Do Your Homework
If you are fortunate enough to get an interview, do your homework. Find out about the company history and recent news, as well as what they look for in new hires.
An important element is to dress well. Business attire is the way to go.
As evident as it may be, many show up late. Strike one if there ever was one. If you are not familiar with the location of the firm, do not be shy to ask. Also, consult a map and ask others if they know where the location is. Asking the recruiter will show that you cover your tracks.
"They Will Be With You In A Second"
When you get there, chances are that the interviewer will be running late. They can get away with this but you cannot. As you sit there, grab a magazine and think of something else. If you are in a position where you can make small talk with the receptionist, do so without causing a distraction. This familiarizes you with the corporate culture in a nutshell and may score some inside information.
When the interviewer greets you, say hello, shake their hand and thank them for meeting you.
Make sure that you sit up straight – do not slouch. Whatever you do, hold yourself well.
Recruiters are no different from everyone else – they like friendly people. Even if you are applying for a job where you need to be tough, you need to show that you are a happy person that will make the work place a better environment. Being grumpy or aggressive will alienate them.
Interviewers often hint subconsciously at the right answer (or the preferred one), so listen to each and every word.
Play The Part
Will you be hired based on your personality or your potential performance? Depending on whether you interview at a large firm or a small shop, you may have to wear a different hat. Over confidence makes sense at new firms but probably not at an established corporate entity.
Some firms hire based on grades, degree and referrals. Others hire students out of school provided they pass certain tests and represent the cream of the crop. Given that business clients are not always business students, this makes sense.
Do Not Interrupt
Make sure that you answer once they have finished speaking. This will help to formulate ideas and show your professionalism.
Do Not Argue
Unless they say something shocking to prompt you to show your debating skills, do not get into an argument or shouting match. It may seem obvious, but it is easy to let your confidence get out of hand.
Recruiters often put you in a theoretical scenario and ask you to play a role. In this case, think of what they want you to say and try to surpass their expectations. This is not to suggest however, that you lie. After all, there is no need to take a job that will make you miserable.
Do not call them by their first name unless they insist. Make sure to get their name right.
Independent of all these details, this is your time to shine. Put on a show and make them equate not hiring you with the biggest mistake in their HR career.
When the interview is over, thank them for their time. Do not be shy to inquire about the next step.
What Role Will You Play?
Once the interview is over, ask yourself whether you had a good vibe or not. Is this what you want to do? Will you be happy?
When you leave an interview, you will have hundreds of thoughts racing through your mind. Whatever you do, recognize that the verdict is beyond your control.
If some time goes by with no news, do not be shy to call back and inquire. Recruiters are busy juggling the day-to-day operations of hiring. A call back is not seen as pushy but rather as professional. Just wait at least a week.