1) Shake it! It sounds simple but your handshake can really set you apart. A confident, strong handshake will take you further than a wimpy, weak one. I once worked in a small office where a potential candidate would come and meet with every employee. We would then meet to discuss the candidate, and one of the first things that was always mentioned was if the candidate had a terrible handshake. Don't make this simple mistake.
2) Take your mom's advice and stop slouching! Parents were actually on to something when they demanded you to sit up at the table. Bad posture can make it look like you are bored and can be a red flag to the hiring manager. Simply sitting up will make you look more engaged and interested in the position. By slouching, you could be showing them that this job isn't that important to you.
3) Look me in the eye! Avoiding an interviewer's eyes will not only make him or her a little uncomfortable, it may also show them that you could lack people skills needed for the position. Maintaining comfortable eye contact while they are speaking will also show you are interested in what they have to say.
4) Practice really does make perfect! You didn't start driving the day you received your driver's license, you spent time perfecting your mad skills. You were given help and advice from friends and family. Take the same approach when preparing for an interview. Have someone you trust give you a mock interview and listen carefully to the critique. You may have a bad habit you didn't even realize! I did this with a friend and was told I kept twisting my hair, which I had no idea I was doing. Something as small as playing with your hair can distract the interviewer from learning the type of person you really are.
These tips sound obvious, but these are pointers we hear from our employers almost every day. Just remember you can really set yourself apart from your competition by coming across as professional with this advice. Post below and share your most effective interview advice with us.