Hoping to land your dream job or an amazing summer internship? Well, here are 13 do’s and 13 don’ts that are sure to prepare you for your next interview. There are many tips and tricks to have a successful interview, and these are the main things to remember before and after the interview.

DO:

  1. Research the company and the position you’re applying for, according to linkedin.com.
  2. Research common interview questions and practice your answers, according to linkedin.com.
  3. Dress appropriately for the job you want, be neatly groomed, and dress relatively conservatively, according to linkedin.com.
  4. Map out how to get to the location before the interview, and plan to arrive 10 minutes early, according to linkedin.com.
  5. Bring all requested paperwork with extra copies, according to linkedin.com.
  6. Be polite and cordial to everyone you meet; you never know whose opinion will count, according to linkedin.com.
  7. Offer a firm handshake and make eye contact when meeting someone, according to linkedin.com.
  8. Approach the interview with enthusiasm, according to linkedin.com.
  9. Give detailed answers to questions with examples, according to linkedin.com.
  10. Close by indicating that you want the job and ask about next steps, according to linkedin.com.
  11. Get business cards from your interviewers, according to linkedin.com.
  12. Write down some notes after your interview, according to linkedin.com.
  13. Write a thank you note and send it within 24 hours of the interview, according to linkedin.com.

DON’T:

  1. Rehearse your answers so much that you sound like you’re just reciting from memory, according to linkedin.com.
  2. Be late, according to linkedin.com.
  3. Lie, according to linkedin.com.
  4. Arrive stressed, according to linkedin.com.
  5. Bring anyone else with you to the interview, according to linkedin.com.
  6. Slouch, fidget or yawn while being interviewed. Don’t chew gum, bring food or drink, according to linkedin.com.
  7. Speak negatively about your current or former company, boss or coworkers, according to linkedin.com.
  8. Make excuses, according to linkedin.com.
  9. Be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question, according to linkedin.com.
  10. Answer every question with a simple “yes” or “no” answer, according to linkedin.com.
  11. Bring up personal or family problems, according to linkedin.com.
  12. Answer your cell phone, check messages or text during an interview, according to linkedin.com.
  13. Call immediately after the interview to find out if you got the job, according to linkedin.com.

Use these points as a checklist when preparing for your interview. Remember, these are simply tips to help you become more effective in an interview, but don’t get discouraged if you don’t get the job.

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure,” Bill Gates said, according to Forbes.com.