This http://www.WorkTree.com career article gives you some sraightforward advice to pass any job interview.
The interview is a critical part of job search process and also one where most job seekers have trouble. There is plenty of advice around on how to navigate thru an interview successfully. This article has put together some simple, but crucial items that job seekers should definitely plan on NOT doing! =================================================== JOB INTERVIEWING - 8 MISTAKES YOU MUST AVOID! ===================================================
1. - DON'T SHOW UP LATE. There is no easier way to lose points with a prospective employer than to show up late. First impressions do last. And unfortunately, showing up late screams things like “I am unreliable” or “your time is not important to me”. Is this what you want a prospective employer to think before you even have a chance to utter a word? Make it a point to try to be early to every interview. That way, bad weather, traffic and that last minute phone call stand less chance of ruining your entrance. If unforeseen 18-wheeler does happen to dump 10 tons of tomatoes across interstate, upon arrival, apologize first thing, offer a quickexplanation and move on. (Ideally you would have called from your cell phone as soon as you caught sight of delay.)
2. - DON'T ACT DISINTERESTED. No matter what circumstance never act disinterested during an interview. If 10 minutes into meeting you become certain that nothing on planet could convince you to take a job with company continue to pay attention and act like you care about conversation. Remember that interviewer does not exist in a vacuum. He or she has friends, relatives, and associates who may influence future job opportunities. If you behave poorly, interviewer will remember and will share story of you and your unprofessional behavior with others. Haven’t you shared bad job search experiences with people close to you? The interviewer is probably no different.
3. - DON'T BE UNPREPARED. Being prepared has many facets. Interviewers expect you to know something about company and position you are seeking. Having this knowledge makes you appear both motivated and truly interested. So make sure you do your research! Excellent sources of information include, Internet, periodicals and people already in field. Another facet of being prepared is being ready for types of questions that may be asked. There are numerous articles on web and in bookstores with practice interview questions and answers. Make sure to utilize all such resources available to you. And finally, don’t forget to have extra copies of your resume and references on hand should they be requested.
4. - DON'T FORGET YOUR MANNERS. No matter how old fashioned it appears to use word like “please”, “sir”, “ma’am” and “thank you”, do not delete these words from your vocabulary. These simple words can work wonders towards making a positive impression. Always use a respectful tone of voice. Do not unnecessarily interrupt interviewer. Maintain eye contact and a pleasant expression. Leave slang, slouching and gum chewing at home. Good manners signals respect for yourself and people around you; never underestimate their importance.