Tools & Resources

Interviewing Tips

Great! You have gotten an interview. Now how do you prepare?

Interview Tip 1: Plan Ahead

Research the company and the position if possible, as well, the people you will meet with at the interview. Make sure you peruse the company's website. Review your work experiences. Be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information targeted toward the companies needs. Have your facts ready!

Interview Tip 2: Practice Makes Perfect

Like most things, people get better at interviewing with a little practice. Dedicate one night prior to the interview to a mock Q&A. You can set this up with a friend or conduct the interview yourself with a list of frequently-asked interview questions and a mirror.
Don't panic if, during the actual interview, you are not asked any of the questions you practiced. The point of practicing is to "warm up" to the process of answering questions on the fly.

Interview Tip 3: The Clothes Make the Job Seeker

Make sure your interview clothes are clean and pressed a few days beforehand. The last thing you want to worry about the night before an interview is pleading with your drycleaner or getting burned by a hot iron. Also, make sure you have a neutral colored umbrella on-hand in case of rain.

Interview Tip 4: Be Positive

Project a positive attitude. Avoid negative comments about past employers.

Interview Tip 5: Relate

Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and his or her company. Focus on achievements relevant to the position.

Interview Tip 6: Encourage

Encourage the interviewer to share information about his or her company. Demonstrate your interest by asking the interviewer questions about the company or position.