6. Practice, and then practice some more. Write down at least 10 interview questions that you’re likely to be asked and write out your answers to them. At a minimum, cover these basics: Why are you thinking about leaving your current job? What interests you about this opening? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What experience do you have doing ___? (Fill in each of the major responsibilities of the job.) Then, make yourself practice your answers out loud, until they fly off your tongue automatically.
7. If there’s a question that you’re especially nervous about, don’t just hope it won’t come up. Whether it’s explaining why you left your last job or talking about your lower-than-desired GPA, figure out what you’re most nervous about. Then, decide exactly how you’re going to answer it and practice that answer, saying it out loud over and over and over. You’ll be a lot more comfortable if the topic comes up in the interview.