Job interviews can be stressful but being prepared can make it less so. The first thing when applying for a job is:
Make sure that the job application does not have any mistakes and is filled out neatly.
Cover letter should be an introduction to you and explain why you are the best candidate for the job. A good site for tips: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/coverlettertips/tp/coverlettertips.htm There are also examples of them online. http://jobsearch.about.com/od/coverlettersamples/a/coverlettsample.htm
Resume on quality paper is a must. There are many sites that explain how to make the right resume such as http://jobstar.org/tools/resume/res-what.php Include good references from previous employers or if you are new to the workforce letters from school teachers, deans, etc. are good.
Before the interview:
Find out information about the company so you can incorporate this information in your answers. More than likely someone will ask “why do you want to work for my company?” The correct answer is not “Because I need a job”.
Prepare for the interview by thinking of questions they might ask and have a good answer. Again there are sample interview questions online such as http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewquestionsanswers/a/interviewquest.htm
When you go for the job interview:
Hair- clean and brushed or combed.
Make up- don’t over do it.
Perfumes/Colognes- don’t over do it.
Breath- use a breath mint before you go in is good but never chew gum during interview.
Face- moustache or beard is okay but it must be neat and trimmed.
Pierced items- ears are okay but others places might not give a good impression.
Your clothes should be professional and should not be too tight, dirty, contain holes or stains. They should not be too revealing.
If you’re a man wear a belt.
Wear dress shoes with socks or hose.
Wear a dress shirt with a tie.
Once at the interview:
Be nice and polite to everyone you meet on your way into the interview. You never know who will see you and comment on your behavior to a prospective employer.
The interviewer will start sizing you up the minute you walk in the room. Use a firm handshake before and after the interview.
Look at the person that is interviewing you.
Show confidence but not arrogance.
After the interview:
Write a thank you letter to the person who interviewed you. This needs to be done and sent the day after your interview before they decide who gets the job. Again there are plenty of sites on the internet that will show you samples of these such as http://jobsearch.about.com/od/thankyouletters/a/samplethankyou.htm