Interview Preparation Tips

Interview Prep Outline:
1. Be prepared. Research the person and company you are interviewing with to the best of your ability. You will also want to research their competitors and their value proposition. Bring something to write notes on.
2. Dress appropriately. When in doubt, wear a suit and have a clean cut appearance. Even if they have a casual dress code, remember, you don’t work there yet, so it does not apply to you.
3. Realize that your interview can begin before you meet the hiring manager—it can begin in the parking lot or elevator without you knowing it. Be courteous to everyone you encounter. People talk.
4. Look your interviewer in the eye when you meet, present a firm handshake and remember to smile.
5. Be prepared for introspective questions: i.e. Why did you want to interview for this position? Why are you looking for a new position? How does this role fit into your career goals?
6. Have meaningful, positive answers that reflect your knowledge of the company and why it is attractive to you. Frame your answers in a way that does not criticize your current company, but registers the appeal of the interviewing company and puts the interviewing company in a favorable light.
7. Identify and understand your goal. You need to make a positive impression; avoid expressing concerns or doubts during initial interviews.
8. Interviews are a two way street. You need to assess if you want the position as much as they need to see if you are a fit for the role.
9. Prepare a list of questions, where some of them are tactical (about the day to day role), and others that are strategic (about the company or industry direction). A failure to ask questions could be interpreted as a lack of interest on your part.
10. Know your strengths. We recommend you make a short list of five of your strongest selling points. Include quantifiable achievements that help to distinguish you from other candidates.
11. Show genuine enthusiasm. Everyone wants to hire someone that wants the job. Have a “spark” that sets you apart. At the same time, exude a calm self-confidence without appearing arrogant. Confident is good, but cocky is not.
12. Sell yourself. Look your best, and don’t forget to smile!
13. Listen—“We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.”
14. Gather contact information so you can send a follow up thank you note. This keeps lines of communication open and shows courtesy for their time.
Good luck!