Interviews are stressful, especially when the current economic state makes the pool of interviewers so large and the pool of employers so small. Do your research to really stand out in the interview.
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Over at the financial blog Financial Edge, they've put together a list of things you should say in an interview. Among them:
I am very familiar with what your company does. Letting a prospective employer know that you are familiar with what a company does shows that you have a legitimate interest in the business and are not just wasting their time. Do your homework before arriving for an interview. Check out the company website for information about products and services. Search for the latest transactions and pertinent business news. [...]
Be sure to let the interviewer know that you are familiar with the newest company acquisition or the latest product that was just developed. Explain how your skills and experience are a perfect fit for the employer.
Indeed, a little research goes a long way towards not being caught off guard by an interviewer's questions — "Wait, what? You guys make paper here?" — and a lot of research will make you stand out from a pool of only semi-informed applicants.
For more interview tips make sure to check out Tips for Talking Your Way Into a Job, Know the Answers to These Questions Before Your Job Interview and Negotiate Your Way to Getting Paid What You're Worth. Have a tip or trick of your own to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.