Businessman tying a necktie and preparing for work


There’s one very simple way to impress the person interviewing you for a job: come prepared. Such a high number of job-hunters skip this step–even with the resources of the Internet at their fingertips–that you’ll automatically gain extra points by demonstrating a little upfront effort.

Research the Company
You don’t need to prepare a 40-page analysis of the company’s financial situation, mergers and acquisitions, and product lines from the last 5 years; it’s enough to seek out–and read–readily available public information.

Prepare Yourself
Whether you’re a born actress or so shy you need help ordering a pizza, a little interview preparation can go a long way.

Final Reminders
Review this checklist before you head out the door.