Jobscribble.com posts the following list of during-the-interview tips. Many of these interview tips are just the details that will cause many college students to falter in the interview.
Might be a good idea to have the list to read or scan just before you go into the interview.
-Greet your interviewer, and everyone else you meet on site, with a firm handshake and say hello. Use Mr., Ms. or Mrs. (unless the interviewer asks you to use their first name)
-It is polite to sit when you are asked to or after the interviewer sits
-Relax and listen carefully
-If you don’t understand the question, let interviewer know you don’t understand the question and ask if they can rephrase the question
-Look at the interviewer and smile once in a while (don’t look down or away)
-Don’t just say “yes” and “no” or “I guess” when you are asked questions
-Give short (I prefer to use the word concise) explanations, examples and mention your accomplishments. (Learn about a Kudos Folder)
-Don’t memorize your answers (You may sound robotic and not real)
-During an interview, talk about your skills, abilities, education fit the job requirements
-Don’t swing your leg, tap your fingers or other nervous movements
-Keep your arms comfortably on the chair or on your lap but don’t folder your arms in front of you
-Don’t smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink during the interview. (Unless interviewing over a meal)
-Use good grammar and speak clearly
-Don’t bring friends, children, boyfriend or relatives to the interview
-Be truthful, enthusiastic and but don’t appear desperate
-Don’t avoid questions, be direct and answer them
-Don’t talk about personal life and problems (don't talk badly about prior jobs either)
-Show your willingness to learn and be flexible
-Don’t ask about the salary and benefits until interviewer brings it up
-Interviewer may ask you if you have any questions so ask a few good questions
-Ask for the job! When the interview ends, let the employer know you definitely want the job and you hope you are selected
-Ask when you can follow-up
-Thank the interviewer for their time and firmly shake his/her hand
Most importantly - Stay positive!
After the interview make notes on what you did well and how you could have improved. Read more about College Resume & Interview FAQs in preparation for your interview.