Finally, you got the call to interview for your dream job! The rush of joy often comes with the crippling fear of messing up your opportunity. You cannot let all the nerves and excitement distract you from the goal: the job offer. While preparing for the big interview, there are a few things you can do to help ensure success:

Research, Research and More Research
Walking into your interview, you should know the company inside and out. Lucky for you, most of that information can be found on the Internet. Review the company website, read through recent press releases and Google search for any additional information.

Know Yourself
It sounds simplistic, but you need to have a full grasp on your experience and what you can bring to the table. Mentally match up your experience with the job description before your interview, because if you have a thorough understanding, you’re less likely to get stumped.

Be Poised
If you got caught in traffic, couldn’t find a parking spot or spilled coffee on yourself, don’t let it show. Wipe the sweat off your brow, and carry on like nothing happened. Hiring managers don’t want to hear your tales of woe; they want to conduct a job interview.

Ask the Right Questions
Questions like, “So what does this company do?” are not going to fly. Before your interview, take time and think about legitimate questions that can highlight your experience and best qualities while demonstrating your knowledge of the company and industry. During your interview, also jot down questions that pop in your mind so you do not forget them.

Express Your Interest
It’s okay to let the interviewer know you’re very interested in the job; in fact, they love hearing that. The last thing they want to do is waste their time interviewing people who don’t care about the job or company. Remember, being eager does not mean you appear desperate.

Follow Up, Don’t Stalk
Following up is expected after an interview, but there is a fine line between following up and stalking the company. Send your thank you notes, but do not constantly call asking for feedback. The old adage, “The squeaky wheel gets the oil,” does not hold true during the interview process.

In this job market, dream jobs are not easy to find. The next time you’re asked to interview for your dream job, keep these tips in mind to help make sure you’re prepared to give a knock-out interview.