A Few Things To Remember About Successful Interviews

The following tips on interviewing are based on feedback we have received about successful and not-so-successful candidates

Be prepared. Plan out what you want to say about yourself. Based on what the company is looking for, prepare five or six specific examples that highlight your skills and experiences. These examples should be broad enough that you can quickly adapt them to most any question and detailed enough to provide useful information about yourself.

Understand the position and the organization. A little bit of research can pay off big when you are able to sound interested in and knowledgeable about the company interviewing you. At minimum, one should check out the organization's web site as well as learning about basic company information from Hoover's Online or other resources. Gathering information on the company's competition and markets will make you a stronger candidate as well.

Be professional. Be punctual and organized, dress conservatively, and treat everyone with respect (including any administrative staff). When speaking, be direct, but courteous and tactful.

Make a good first impression. Whether over the phone or in person, try to establish and build rapport with the interviewer. Being friendly, warm, and polite can go a long way. People tend to organize information in a manner that supports their opinions and beliefs. This means that an interviewer's first impression often determines whether he or she will try to find reasons you'd be a good fit for the job or whether he or she will look for reasons that indicate you would not work.

Get to the point. Your answers to questions should be concise, but still convey all the necessary information. Long monologues detract from your answers and are not appreciated by interviewers. If you find yourself speaking for more than a couple of uninterrupted minutes at a time, you should pause and seek feedback from the interviewer. On the other hand, do not give overly simple "yes" or "no" answers. Explain yourself, but do so succinctly.

Read the audience. Adjust your answers to fit the situation and the needs of your audience. For example, if the interviewer(s) look or sound bored, you should find ways to engage them. If the interviewer(s) appear confused or distracted, you should check for understanding and clarify your points.

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