Smile. In your mind, flip roles and make it your job to set your interviewer at ease. Thank them for the chance to chat and ask them how their day is going. Create rapport even if your interviewer doesn’t. This will also convey
Don’t make the interview too important in your mind. This is one job. This is not your only opportunity. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Even when someone offers you a job, that does not necessarily mean that the organization meets your standards. Not every job offer should be accepted. Realizing this will help you to convey a sense of calm. This confidence is then very attractive to your interviewer. You don’t want the interviewer to get the sense that you must get this job.
Know the company. Research it. Google it. Read articles about it. Read their last published Annual Report. What are their hot buttons? What are their senior leaders thinking about the most right now? If you can, try to speak with someone who works there. Show this knowledge when appropriate during the interview without parading it.
Good interviewers will use Behavioral Interviewing. They will not just rely on hypothetical questions (e.g. “What would you do if…?”); they will drill down into specific accomplishments (e.g. “Tell me about a time when…”). So before you go into the interview, brainstorm the positive traits the interviewer will likely be looking for and think of specific instances in your career or life when you have displayed those characteristics. If someone does ask you a hypothetical question, it is impressive if you can respond with “Well, I’ve actually been in that situation” and then tell them how you handled it.
Finally, remember that you are interviewing the company as well. Come prepared with 2-3 questions and toward the end of your chat, ask, “Might I ask you a couple of questions?” Here are some examples: