Acing the Interview
Tips and Strategies for Successful
You’ve just landed an interview for a seemingly wonderful
job! Now what? Successful interviewing will be essential in order
for you to lock in an offer. Here are some tips and strategies for
effective interviewing from preparation through follow up.
Research should always be your first step.
Gathering background information on employers is a crucial
element in successful interview preparation. You will need to be
prepared to answer the questions "What do your know about our
company"? and "Why do you want to work here?" Knowing as much as
possible about the company's past performance and future plans
can make your interview more interactive and could be just the
leg up you need in a competitive job market. Before the
interview review the company's web site and don't be afraid to
contact your prospective employer to request details on the
position you are interviewing for or to ask for company
Practice Make Perfect
Practice makes perfect (or at least leads to
Practice with a friend and record or videotape your
responses so you can replay the interview and see how well you did.
Prepare answers to commonly asked interview questions. Doing so
will help you analyze your background and qualifications for the
Behavior based interviewing is becoming more
common. It is based on the premise that a candidates past
performance is the best predictor of future performance. Rather
than the typical interview questions on your background and
experience, you will you need to be prepared to provide detailed
responses including specific examples of your work experiences.
The best way to prepare is to think of
examples where you have successfully used the skills you've
acquired. Take the time to compile a list of responses to both
types of questions and to itemize your skills, values and
interests as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Emphasize
what you can do to benefit the company rather than just what you
are interested in. Also prepare a list of questions you want to
ask the interviewer. Remember, you aren't simply trying to get
the job - you are also interviewing the employer to assess
whether this company and the position are a good fit for you.
Prepare For the Interview
It is very important to be on time for the
interview. On time means ten to fifteen minutes early. If need
be, take some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you
know exactly where you are going. Know the interviewer's name
and use it during the interview. If your not sure of the name,
call and ask prior to the interview. Remember to bring an extra
copy of your resume and a list of references.
During the interview try to remain as calm as
possible. Ask for clarification if you're not sure what's been
asked and remember that it is perfectly acceptable to take a
moment or two to frame your responses so you can be sure too
fully answer the question.
End the interview with a thank you to the
interviewer and reiterate your interest in the position. Then
follow-up with a personal Thank You note restating your