Before the Interview
Research the company - Try to find out as much information as possible. Bring this information with you to the interview so that the interviewer will know you have done your homework. Write down a list of questions you have. The interviewer will be impressed that you are prepared for the interview.
Be Early - Try to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early for the interview. Make sure you know exactly where you are going and give yourself plenty of time. You can use Google Maps to get directions. This will demonstrate to the employer your great work ethic. If there is an emergency and you are running late, make sure you call the employer directly to let them know you are running behind.
At the interview
Be enthusiastic and professional - Make sure you bring a professional, clean copy of your resume to hand to the employer. Always dress in professional attire regardless of the company's dress code. Women should look nice, but not overly made up with makeup. Try not to smoke before the interview. You should act upbeat and cheerful; this could be the opportunity of a lifetime and you don't want to find that out halfway through the interview. We have years of experience in placing people in companies. Sometimes we have candidates who are apprehensive about interviewing for a certain position and then call us elated after the interview. You NEVER know which company will feel like home.
Selling yourself - Make sure you understand the employers need for this particular position and demonstrate how your skills meet those needs. It is NEVER appropriate to bring up salary and benefit information. You are there to sell yourself and get a job offer. Salary and benefit information are very important, but at this point in the interview process you have not been offered the position. Employers are weary about "what's in it for me" type of candidates. You want to show them how you can make their life easier.
After the interview
Exiting the Interview - Whether or now you are interested in the position you should always be gracious and thank the employer for their time. We have had employers call us after interviews to request candidates for other positions or to ask our permission to refer them to one of their colleagues for one of their openings. If this is a position you want, then you need to ASK FOR THE JOB!! You do this at the end of the interview when the employer asks if you have any other questions. You can tell them, "I hope that I have demonstrated that I have the skills to fill this position and would really like the opportunity to continue on in the interview process; what's the next step?".
Call your recruiter ASAP - Call your recruiter immediately after the interview. If there is a doubt in the employers mind your recruiter can put it to rest. Employers generally hire people that not only are qualified but that also show interest in wanting the position. If you do not want the position, then you should let the recruiter know as a courtesy so that the recruiter can push for another candidate who does want it.
Send a thank you letter ASAP - We have found that it's not enough to have a good interview. Overall, candidates who follow up with a hand written, thank you letter generally get more offers than those who do not. We have actually had candidates lose an offer because they did not follow up with a thank you letter.