How to Prepare for an Interview

October 1, 2013 in Career and Job Search Tips, Interview Tips



In part four of our interview series, we provide pointers on how to prepare for an interview.

The purpose of thorough interview preparation is to have the best possible shot at getting the job offer.

The Basics

  • Check out the client’s website.
  • Dress your best; announce yourself five minutes early; make a strong opening (good eye contact; smile; handshake; posture).
  • Project a high level of enthusiasm and energy.
  • Ask open-ended questions, ones that elicit discussion and that cannot be answered with a yes or no. This will demonstrate your interest in and comprehension of what has been discussed thus far.
  • Be prepared to defend your resume, to answer questions and provide greater detail.
  • Do not be the one to bring up money or benefits. If salary comes up, state that the opportunity is the most important factor. If the interviewer pins you down, share your current compensation and your desire for a good offer equal to the position.
  • Make a strong close (Thank you for your time. “I am very interested; I am looking forward to the next step”, etc.).

Other Points

  • Most employers make decisions that are based on chemistry (50%) and technical skills (50%).
  • Do not complain about your current or past employers.
  • Keep a nice dialogue going; do not talk too much.
  • Sell the employer on the requisite skills that you possess; what you bring to the table.
  • Maintain a positive attitude at all times.
  • Always give it your best effort. A lot of employers have multiple openings and you may be considered for another area if you impress them.
  • Send a thank you card or e-mail (check grammar and spelling carefully).

Very Important

Role-play answers to the following questions and statements prior to the interview:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you looking to leave your current job?
  • What are you looking for in your next position / company?
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?

What are other tips you’ve used to help you prepare for an interview? Share them below.