A job interview is a valuable time during which your skills and assets are gauged by someone who will probably decide whether or not you get the job you want, so, as to enhance your chances, preparations must be made.

Even before the interview has begun, there are a number of things you should be thinking about to put you in the forefront of competing applicants. Nothing impresses an interviewer more than a candidate who knows and seems interested about the firm as it shows you have taken the initiative to do your research and have taken an interest. As you can imagine, an interviewer's first impression may be a lasting impression, so make sure you arrive to your interview on time and dressed in a suit as it shows your regard for the interviewer's time and conveys professionalism.

Now comes the interview. As mentioned before, your appearance can determine whether or not you land the job, so try to relax, smile and keep eye contact as it will portray an image of confidence and composure which will make you stand out from the multitude of candidates. Be as polite as possible, greeting the interviewer with a hand shake, smiling when appropriate and thanking him for his time when the interview ends. Don't be afraid to ask any questions you may have as it will demonstrate interest and poise.

It may be obvious that most of the things you shouldn't do are just the reverse of what you should do, but you would be surprised at how many prospects are wasted due to inapt etiquette. Chewing gum or smoking is completely inappropriate, as is answering a telephone call during the interview. In essence, your interview is an opportunity to promote your skills and capabilities, where a little research and preparation may lead you to the job of your dreams.