I remember when I graduated university, I was terrified. I had no prior work experience, I had never been out in the real world and to make things worse, I was very shy and young. My university friends kept telling me how dismal my chances were of finding a job were. Did I say I was scared? Well, fast forward to the very first job interview that I had, and I suddenly learned from my interviewer what I needed to succeed in my next interview and get my dream job. I did, a few interviews later and Here is what I learned from that fateful first interview:
1- You are only as competent as you perceive yourself to be. The interviewer will pick up on how much (or little) confidence that you have, and base the rest of the interview on that.
2- You have to channel every letter of insight, experience and know how that you have collected in your life to paint an image of your self that is appealing to your interviewer.
3- Apply the art of creating and and protecting an image that will get others to believe in you and your capabilities.
4- Be humble and show eagerness to learn, no-one want to work with a know-it-all
5- Show that you know about the company that you are interviewing for, do your research, learn and genuinely get interested in what they do. After all its the very job you are seeking to apply to.