Tips and techniques for interviewing
- Be punctual. Dress appropriately. Observe all rules of courtesy and respect. Call people by their titles unless specifically directed to do otherwise.
- Be prepared! Learn as much as you can about the company and position in which you are interested. Research the company beyond just their Web site!
- There is a big difference between thinking about or writing out potential responses and having to say them aloud. Practice your responses aloud.
- The interview is an opportunity to share information. Don't be shy about stating your accomplishments; just be yourself.
- Make eye contact, provide relevant information, and relay your knowledge of and interest in the field and the organization.
- Arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview to collect yourself and take a few deep breaths. You'd be surprised how much that will help as compared to rushing in at the last minute. If you're at the company location, use that time to observe what's going on. Does this seem like a place where you'd like to work?
- Bring an extra resume with you. Also, bring a typed copy of a list of your references.
- Each interview is a learning experience on which you can build. The more stressed you are about “having to do well”; the less effective you will probably be in the interview.