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Job interviews are a stressful time for people, but knowing a few tips and tricks might help you feel more confident and leave the interview with a new job.

1. First Impressions Matter

Positive first impressions are crucial if you are hoping to land a new job. When you walk into your interview, the first thing people think about you might determine the direction of your interview. Have a positive attitude from the moment you walk in the door, always smile, and greet your interviewer upon entering the room.

2. Be Driven And Focused

While answering questions, stay focused on the subject at hand and let them know you are driven and ambitious to do the best job you can if they choose to employ you. Employers do not want employees with no drive or ambition, so be sure to prove to them that you are these things and much more.

3. Ask Questions

When they get to the portion of the interview where they say, “Do you have any questions for us?”, be sure to have one or two insightful questions lined up to ask.

4. Be Aware Of Your Body Language

Don’t slump in your chair, twirl your hair, or do anything to make yourself look disqualified or uninterested in the job. Sit up tall, cross your legs nicely, and always nod and smile to stay interested in the conversation at hand.

5. Don’t Be Late

This should go without saying, but make sure you arrive at the interview location at least 15-20 minutes early. If you are late, you will be frazzled, and they might just mark you off the list of potential employees altogether.

6. Dress Appropriately

Your wardrobe shouldn’t make or break you in the interview process, but you do need to dress appropriately. Plan your outfit out and make sure you look professional and fit the job description.

7. Know What To Expect and Practice

Being prepared to answer simple questions about the job will help you have confidence in the interview. Have a close friend or family member over and conduct a mock interview with them, so you have practice before the actual interview.

8. Make Yourself Their Best Option

You need to sell yourself to the employee and make them want to hire you. Make them think that their company will be much better off with you on their team.

9. Say Thank You

Say thank you to the interviewer before you leave, but follow up with a letter or email thanking them for their time and for their consideration of you for the job.

Ryan Krutzig is a seasoned sales and operations professional based in Minnesota. Read more of his leadership advice or check out his Twitter!