The Summer Job Fair brings together possible employers for students to interact with in an informal setting. With that said, there will be students graduating and moving on to professional careers as well as others who begin working summer jobs to accumulate some extra dough. No matter what group you identify with, you will have to eventually pass through a job interview.

Sarah Hutcheson, left, does a short interview with Leslie Wardman of Ambiance Matchmaking at a downtown office Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 in Chicago. Wardman matches people on first dates. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

While the interview itself is highly important, preparing for the interview is no less vital than your etiquette within the interview. Here are five tips to help you prepare for success in your next job interview.

1. Research the organization

Knowing about the organization to which you are applying can be a powerful tool in your toolbox. An employer is always impressed with someone who has done their research and knows about the position and organization for which they are applying.

Often times, the fact that you did your homework is a sign to the hiring manager about your character and work ethic. Don’t underestimate the power of a little research.

2. Know your audience

Attempt to learn who will be sitting in on the interview. Being able to know names in advance can be a major advantage over other candidates. Being able to use the names of the managers as you respond to questions makes the interview far more personable and will leave you memorable.

3. Anticipate questions

Nothing is worse than being hit with a question from left field and replying with a blank look. Train yourself to anticipate any possible questions. Often, interviewers will ask behavioral questions to get a better glimpse of who you are.

Questions asking about your weaknesses, leadership examples, etc., are not uncommon during an interview. Prepare yourself by creating a list of potential questions and attempting to answer every single one.

4. Plan the day of the interview

Plan your sleep schedule, meals, travel route and daily activities well in advance. This will lower your stress levels and increase your confidence. Further, a well planned day will ensure that you will arrive early to your interview.

5. Relax

This speaks for itself. Stressing about an upcoming interview won’t make it come faster. Relax and use your spare time to prepare for your interview. The more relaxed you are prior to your interview, the more relaxed you will be during the interview itself.

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