You just got off the phone with the hiring manager. She called you to schedule a time for your job interview. This is wonderful news, and you’re understandably excited. Just remember, getting the interview and being offered a job are two entirely different things. You got the first one; now give yourself the best chance for the second.

How? As soon as you hang up, start preparing. Here are five suggestions to help you ace your interview and get that job offer:

1.    Research the company

Find out as much as you can about the company. Researching is one of the most important parts of preparing for an interview. It helps you get ready for the interviewer’s questions, and it gives you information to ask a few of your own. You can also determine if the company culture is a good fit for you.

2.    Evaluate the job and match your skills to it

Take a close look at the job posting to make sure you understand what the company is looking for in a candidate. Then, make a list of your skills, knowledge and experience. Match your list to the job requirements for some meaningful talking points during the interview.

3.    Practice the interview

Even though you don’t know what the interviewer is going to ask you, you probably have a good idea. Practice your answers to some of the most common questions you would expect to be asked, and you’ll feel calmer and more confident going into the actual interview. For added realism, give your answers to a family member or friend, and ask them to critique you.

4.    Make sure you know job interview etiquette

Your mother probably told you this when you were a child: “Mind your manners.” That still holds today. Proper interview etiquette includes all of these:

  • Be polite and enthusiastic to the receptionist, the interviewer and anyone else who crosses your path.
  • Give a firm handshake.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Pay attention and look interested.

These are all things you can practice before the interview.

5.    Pick your outfit and get directions

Lay out your clothing well in advance of the interview. That’s one less thing to stress about that morning. Similarly, get directions to the company and do a trial run if it eases your mind. Preparation is mostly about removing anxiety and giving you an air of confidence as you walk into your interview.

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