6 Simple Steps to a 'Perfect' Job Interview

People are quick to tell you what not to do in an interview, on the job, while dealing with clients, or during a conversation with management. Such advice can be discouraging. Wouldn't it be more helpful as well as motivating to be told what to do?

That's the point of this article to offer you six steps to take that can result in a smashing and successful job interview for you. After you've read them over, copy the list so you can review it as often as needed, relax, and then walk into the job interview with confidence.

1. Arrive early--not merely on time. The interviewer may keep you waiting but you should not keep him or her waiting. It's also wise to allow time for unexpected traffic snarls, a coffee break and a restroom stop. And don't wing it when it comes to locating the correct building. Use a navigation system or print out directions from the Internet. If you have any doubts about the best route, call the company and ask for help.

2. Empty your pockets ahead of time. There is nothing more annoying than the noise of someone fiddling with keys or coins in a pants pocket while you're talking. Put any jingly items in your purse or briefcase until the interview is over. That goes for dangling earrings and clanking bracelets, as well.

3. Leave cigarettes and chewing gum in your car. Be ready to focus your attention on the interviewer and his or her questions. Also avoid hard candy and cough drops. They can impede your speech when you try to suck and speak at the same time. If your mouth feels dry, sip plain water.

4. Avoid expectations. Focus on the moment, not on what you hope or want the moment to hold for you. Enter the interview room with a 'clean slate.' In other words, take it as it comes and make the best of it. You may be in for a pleasant surprise. Welcome it. You'll be meeting and speaking with someone who may be the key to your next job. Pay attention to what he or she is saying and respond in a friendly yet professional way.

5. Be ready. Arrive prepared to talk about the job you hope to get and your qualifications, as well as your previous work experience. Written notes can be helpful--especially if you tend to get nervous when speaking with someone in authority. And don't forget that it's all right for you to ask some questions too. Find out what you need to know in order to make an honest appraisal of the company and whether or not it's a good fit for you--even if the employer wants you.

6. Believe the best. Come into the interview with the attitude of a winner. Whether or not you are hired really doesn't matter as long as you do your best. At some point you will land the position that's ideal for you. Meanwhile, you'll be practicing your communication skills and presenting your true self. Step up to the opportunity and make the most of it.