We highly recommend the following 10 tips to follow before attending an interview.

1. Research the company

Make certain that you are familiar with its website, learn what it does, where it stands within its industry. Try and gain a good idea of their culture.  Then, you will be able to ask intelligent questions and speak about ways you can contribute to its success.

2. Learn about the people who will interview you

When you are invited to interview, don’t be shy about asking with whom you will be speaking and what his/her/their roles are within the company. Then, check them out on LinkedIn, company website and Google to learn all you can about them.

3. Pay attention to your grooming and attire

Always present yourself as a professional.  If you have gained a good idea of their company culture, try and dress accordingly.  Don’t ever show up dressed casually.  Take your sunglasses off your head, remove any gum.

4. Give a firm handshake

It may seem cliché, but people do read a lot about you into the way you first present yourself, and a firm handshake is key in projecting a strong personality. That said, don’t go overboard and crush bones to show power for its own sake.

5. Always maintain eye contact

When you look down or away from a person with whom you are conversing, it appears that you are disinterested, bored, or even projecting a sense of inadequacy. Show your engagement by looking at the person across the table.

6. Answer what is asked

Before you begin to answer any question, think for a moment to make sure you are addressing the question that the interviewer posed.

7. Be concise

Have short, succinct answers ready for the most typical questions like, “Tell me about yourself.” An interview is a conversation, not a time for you to drone on and on.

8. NEVER bad mouth

Never say anything at all negative about any person or employer, no matter how bad, evil, mean, or nasty you believe them to be. When you are disparaging, you put the interviewer in a role of judging between you and that other person. It also leaves the interviewer wondering what you will say about him or her if your relationship sours in the future.

9. Don’t ask about things you should already know

It is up to you to do your research about the company ahead of the interview. You show that you are unprepared if you ask something you could have easily found out by yourself.

10. Don’t waste time with questions that don’t matter – yet!

Of course, you want to know about when they will decide to hire, how far they are in their process, salary, benefits, vacation, and things of this sort. But when you are given a chance to ask a question, remember that NONE of this matters until they have figured out you are their top choice among all your competition. Keep your questions focused on the role to be filled and ways you can be a standout employee. Then, you are most likely to proceed to the next round of discussions.