The day of your big job interview has finally arrived! You’ve been waiting anxiously since you received the invitation, and now it’s time to show the interviewer you’re the best person for the job.

Preparation is the key to a successful job interview, so even if you typically fly by the seat of your pants, spend plenty of time getting ready. Follow these tips to make a great impression on the interviewer.

Devise Your Sales Pitch

Your resume revealed you have the basic skills to get the job done; now you need to take it up a notch. Carefully review the job description to refresh your memory on the skills, experience and personality traits associated with the ideal candidate. Use this to create a sales pitch that explains why you check all the boxes. Even if you’re missing a few of the desired qualifications, be clear you’re a fast learner who will get up to speed as quickly as possible.

Conduct Background Research

During the interview, you may be asked how much you know about the company history, culture, and products and services, so conduct research to learn as much as possible. It’s also a good idea to use sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to research the interviewer. Try to find something the two of you have in common and subtly work it into conversation to build a connection and make yourself more memorable.

Craft Responses to Common Interview Questions

There’s no way to know exactly what questions you’ll be asked, but preparing responses to common interview questions will boost your confidence. Many candidates get ruffled by tough questions like “Why should I hire you?” and “What is your biggest weakness?” but you’ll be cool as a cucumber. It’s also wise to come up with a list of solid questions to ask the interviewer — don’t touch on salary or vacation days — to show your genuine interest in the job.

Decide What You’ll Wear

Job interviews are a time to dress to impress, so don’t decide what you’ll wear right before heading out the door. The general rule of thumb is to outfit yourself a level above the company dress code. For example, if you’re interviewing for a warehouse job where jeans and a T-shirt is the standard uniform, wear business casual attire — dress pants and a nice button-down shirt.

Allow Plenty of Extra Time for a Prompt Arrival

The last thing you want is to be late for a job interview, so leave earlier than necessary. This ensures an unexpected traffic jam or trouble finding parking won’t hold you up. It’s much better to arrive early and relaxed than late and super stressed.

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