First and for most, no matter what happens, DON’T BE LATE! Schedule an itinerary for an interview, calculate the time needed to spend on the road, add a time margin (15-30 minutes) for the possible transport difficulties you might face.
As for the interview itself: welcome everybody within the organization regardless their position. You never know who might add up to your team in the future. Smile gently and be polite. Perform only those qualities that show you as a ball of fire. Throw everything beside the point in the garbage of your brain. Sit so that your face is turned to your companion. Move the chair if necessary. Don’t fall apart on a chair, don’t cross your legs, don’t pursue them. Try to value it as a regular, but more formal conversation. Of course, avoid airing your dirty laundry. Kill a bag of wind in yourself.
Very often, employers are looking for a professional assistant and a new friend in one face. So, in the case they start going deep into their personal life, bear with them. You’ll be rewarded twice: with money and with respect you deserve. On the other hand, don’t be afraid to beg to differ if suitable. Otherwise, you won’t be ever respected within the organization. Don’t show you’re on the anxious seat: you’ll be attacked with even more tricky questions. DON’T LET YOUR EMPLOYER THINK YOU’RE READY FOR EVERYTHING AND ANY WAGES! NEVER SHOW YOU’RE IN DESPAIR!
Calm down! Remember: the primary objective of any HR manager does not sound like: “Let’s find out what this burdock is incompetent with”, but to uncover your hidden abilities. You have to realize it is also a serious part of their job, not fun. A real professional can even point at the necessary skills you might forget to mention in your resume that will help you despite whether you will be chosen for this particular position or not. Good HRs serve the way good psychologists do: sometimes they can turn your life upside down by making you discover your true calling. By keeping it in mind, you’ll never get nervous.
Also, do not mention things like you’re at the bottom of the ladder at your current/previous job. It’s better to make your potential employer think you are worthy.
Attic salt is NOT ACCEPTABLE! Leave all of the jokes for your friends, housemates, relatives whatever. In other case, you won’t be taken seriously.
Usually, when the Secretary holds an appointment – watch out! He/she will report all the details to the supervisor immediately. This trick is a very common test of your candidacy.
Mind that for some organizations a conversation would be enough while for others you may face new challenges like tests or specialized questionnaires.
It is interesting to know that the average ratio of failed and successful interviews is 20 to 1 (under successful interviews, I mean those that end up with a job offer). In other words, out of 20 interviews you’ll visit, only one will be productive.
P.S. Don’t forget to support the new relations with the help of thank-you or follow-up letter as a token.