I'll offer this: It is like speed dating; be prepared for more rejections than acceptance. Dress and act as professional as possible. Jacket, tie, ironed, well groomed, no foul odors. Have a portfolio, resume, and references. Manners; clear voice. Do not lie on your resume. You don't want to work for a bumbling idiot; a competent manager will pick up on your dishonesty, which is a deal-breaker. Example, "I once beat up 5 Navy Seals..." Ask questions; it shows them that you're genuinely interested, and it gives them a chance to talk and give you a better idea what they're needs, wants, and fears are. Example, "What is your idea of the ideal candidate? or Please tell me more about the vacancy? What happened to the last guy?" - If the last guy is in the hospital, you might have second thoughts. Value Value Value... cannot stress this enough, convey the idea that you are valuable and that you will be worth every penny of your compensation, and be ready to defend this with examples or your ideas. Give them the sense that they'd be foolish not to hire you. Example, "At my last job, fights went down 50% when I was the bouncer, and the ladies always smiled at me." or whatever. "I never talk smack" Gossip is a big problem in a lot of workplaces. Sell your intangibles, example : "I make it a priority to show up on time and never give my boss any headaches. You can trust me." etc. In the end, be yourself, sell yourself. After the interview, be aggressive... if you get denied, ask why. Example, "I'm sorry it didn't work out. If you don't mind me asking, how can I improve myself?" You may get a mixed response, and if they end up being a prick about it, consider it a bullet dodged. Working for assholes always ends badly.