Whether it’s your first or fiftieth, a job interview is always nerve-wracking, and you’ll likely find yourself Googling answers to your many questions about job interviews. Here are some of the most common questions asked by job seekers in their pre-interview panic.

1. How do I dress to go to my job interview?

It’s hard to overdress when it comes to interviews. The more professionally you dress, the more serious you look about wanting to get the job. Those who show up in jeans and an old t-shirt look like they’re not serious at all, and they’d treat their job with the same uncaring attitude. Shallow though it may be, looks do make a significant first impression.

For men, a suit and tie is a must, unless you’re absolutely sure that the dress code is more casual. Even then, don’t wear shorts, old jeans, or t-shirts. A collared shirt and a nice pair of slacks, with a belt and shoes that match in color, is a good standby option. Style your hair neatly and take out any piercings that might be seen as too “loud” by a conservative employer.  (Nontraditional workplaces like tattoo parlors are the obvious exception to these rules.)

Women have the choice of a professional women’s suit or, in a more casual environment, a neat skirt or dress slacks and blouse. Your hair styling should be professional and not flashy, and your makeup shouldn’t be heavily caked-on. More natural is better, and being more modest is always a good rule of thumb. Finally, take out any nontraditional visible piercings, just like the men.

2. Is there a way to act confident without acting arrogant?

Yes, there’s a balance to be found. Some people are too modest and meek, thus not sharing the information that the company needs to make its decision. Others are too brash and just annoy the interviewer.

Don’t assume that the interviewer really cares about you and your personal life. What they want to know is whether you can fill the position requirements adequately, so make sure everything you tell them is geared towards this in some way. Long rambles about how your childhood shaped you are generally unacceptable, except if you’re entering a childcare position and the interviewer asks you your opinion on how children should be treated, encouraging you frequently to keep going with your speech. In general, you should keep your answers under a minute or two and avoid getting off-topic if possible.

Paying attention to the interviewer’s body language should help you determine if you’re acting too confident or not selling yourself well enough. In general, the more you believe in yourself, the more others are inclined to believe in you, too.

3. Should I rehearse answers to the interviewer’s questions ahead of time?

You should definitely plan out your answers to common questions that you can expect to be asked during the interview, for numerous reasons. You will seem more composed and prepared, more “together” and generally more likeable than someone who stutters and stumbles their way through an obvious question.

Some people are concerned about doing this, for fear of seeming less spontaneous or like a robot. It doesn’t make you seem like a robot as long as you remain natural and keep your speech rhythm consistent with each answer, nor is it cheating – employers expect you to have some rehearsed answers.

Finally, if you have a good idea of what questions to expect, you’ll be less nervous and better at selling yourself to the interviewer. A few open-ended questions often show up at the beginning of an interview, like this one: “Tell me about yourself.” If you have an answer prepared, you can use it to get the interview off to a great start.

4. Do I get to ask questions about the employer and job?

At the end of most interviews, you are given an opportunity to ask questions about the job. It isn’t a one-way process of evaluation; you’re also determining whether the company and position are both suitable for you.

Try to ask questions that show you have researched the company’s history and you are looking for a job that suits you rather than the first thing that comes along. Asking questions makes you seem engaged and interested, not nosey or demanding.

Mix up the questions – a few each about the company and the position will show a well-rounded interest in the company, rather than simply what you can gain from the position, and you might even consider asking the interviewer’s opinion. For instance, asking your interviewer what they like most and least about working at the company can reveal some interesting clues about what to expect, if you know how to interpret their answers.

Limit your questions to a few, however; you don’t want to return an equal number of questions as you were asked. Five to ten at the most, if properly chosen ahead of time, should be enough to get a picture of the company, the position, and the benefits and drawbacks associated with it.

5. How can I look better than all the other candidates out there?

The competition out there can be scary, but the most important thing is to avoid worrying about others’ qualifications. Sometimes, potential employers will try to unnerve you by asking directly about your confidence. For example, one common question is along the lines of: “What makes you perfect for this job?”

A good answer will address the fact that there are others out there but avoid obsessing about them. Instead of showing the employer what you don’t have, you want to show them everything you do have that would help you if you got the job.

With all the different aspects of job interviews to keep in mind, it’s a short but stressful period of time. Take deep breaths and remain calm throughout the interview, look confident, and always follow the interviewer’s lead. You can’t go wrong with these basic steps, and remember: practice makes perfect.