What is the best prep for an interview?

To prepare for an interview, you, of course, need a neat and professional appearance. Bring clean copies of your resume, references, and any other type of supporting material. Arrive early. (If you're early, then you're on time ... if you're on time, then you're late.)

However, there are two areas that you need to concentrate on before your big day:

  • Know your own resume. Often, a candidate may be nervous, may have revised his or her resume several times, or may have had a professional write it and truly forgot what it contained. For every statement or bullet on your document, be prepared to back it up with a story or explanation. Practice this so that it flows naturally and has a conversational tone.

  • Google your interviewer, the company, and its competitors. Find out as much information as possible about your potential employment situation. Don’t forget to search LinkedIn, Facebook, blogs, and other networking sites. You need to know a Company’s current products and services. Have any questions about what you’ve discovered? Good. Write it down and save it for your interview.