Do Your Homework
Visit the company prior to the interview on a fact-finding mission. This gives you a chance to observe the corporate climate and meet the receptionist. Write down his or her name and be sure to use it when you arrive for your appointment, because people like to hear the sound of their name, and it makes them feel important. This makes you stand out from the rest of the applicants who may or may not care enough to take care of this little detail.
Explain that you will be interviewing in the future and ask for information such as annual reports or employment brochures. Use this information as well as online research facts to prepare for the interview.
Write out a list of questions that an interviewer could potentially ask. Refer to the job posting or advertisement, target the skills the employer is seeking, and formulate your questions. Prepare answers to these questions that highlight your qualifications.
Devise another list of questions to ask the interviewer. These must be thoughtful, intelligent questions that show you understand the company and its products or services. These questions position you as a capable, astute potential employee. Prepare more questions than you need because the recruiter may answer some of the questions on your list during the interview.
Finally, make a fact sheet listing three to four specific examples of past successes. Include measurable data and figures and avoid generalities. If you reduced employee absenteeism by 55 percent, say so. Use action verbs and take credit for your achievements.