Interviewing for a new job can be a grueling ordeal for some people. Approaching the interview process with a plan can alleviate some of the stress. If you know what to expect, what to watch for and how you are expected to act, then part of the mystery is removed and the stress with it. Ridding yourself of stress makes you more confident and a more appealing candidate. This post is all about the job interview – how to make a good first impression.

How do you eliminate stress from the interview? You don’t but you can reduce it to manageable levels. Do your homework well ahead of time. Know something about the company and the position you are applying for. Then, follow these tricks for making a good impression during your interview and success is within your grasp.

Be Positive. This applies to more than your disposition. It helps to have a sunny disposition as no one wants to work with a cranky person all the time. Being positive is more than just smiling brightly through the interview. It means not speaking negatively about past companies or supervisors you’ve worked for. To do so casts you in less than favorable light no matter how valid your complaints might have been. Be as advisable as you possibly can be. This is also in your employer’s interest.

Be Adaptable. Let the interviewer take the lead and pay attention to his style. Is he relaxed and laid back or particularly formal? What does the interview area look like? Is it neat and organized or disheveled? These observations can help you make last-minute adjustments in your own style of presentation and that might be just what you need to sail through the interview. If you are an independent type, tell that you are willing to get further education, perhaps through online courses.

Be Encouraging. Encourage the interview to talk more openly about the company, its operations, its policies, and its achievements. The more information you can glean, the more you can tailor your responses when you are on the answering end of the questions. You will come across as enthusiastic and interested something every employer wants from potential employees. If you are in doubt about yourself or your preparedness, don’t hesitate to ask somebody for help and if you can find a powerful female mentor, please be wise and take that opportunity immediately.

Be Prepared. This is a big one and covers a lot of ground. Not only should you look your best, but everything about your time in front of the interviewer should tell him that you took the time to prepare carefully because this is important to you. Bring extra copies of your resume and show that your education was impact-full. If you are required to show certification in specific areas, bring copies of those too. Bring references in case you are asked for them. Do your homework and be prepared for the tough questions.

Adam