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1. Be Prepared

• Bring several clean copies of your resume to give to your interviewers.
• Have a sheet of references on hand that includes at least one supervisor.
• Do your research on the company. Companies' websites have information on what types of companies they work with, and what fields they specialize in.
• Utilize the internet to review articles on the company.
• Know what you want in your next position. If you don’t know what you want, you won’t know if the job you’re interviewing for is the right one.

2. Be Yourself

Honestly Represent Who You Are:
• If you are hired, you want to be hired for the right reasons.
• If you have to be someone else to get the job, let them hire someone else.

3. Believe in Yourself

• One of the best ways to build your confidence is to prepare prior to the interview. Write out your top five accomplishments, and detail them out. Sometimes just remembering that you are a good employee will make the difference in the interview. Also, when the interviewer asks for examples, you’ll have a few that come to your mind very quickly. • Always make sure that you are interviewing to get a job offer. Show interest in the opportunity and the company. If you stay skeptical and wait too long to admit you like a position, the company might move on.

4. Ask Specific Questions and Listen

Questions provide all the information you’ll to need to both decide whether you want the opportunity; and also, how to get the job if it’s right for you. Stick to specific questions, if you ask general questions, you’ll get general answers. Don’t forget to listen.

General Questions
• Can you tell me about the position?
• What qualities does your company look for in its employees?
• What work do you do?

Specific Questions
• What do you think the most important responsibility in the position is?
• If you could have only three qualities in an employee, what would they be?
• What projects would I be working on first if I started tomorrow?

5. Outline on How to Handle a Tough Question

a. Before you answer the question, ask yourself the following:
Why are they asking me this, based on what they have already told me?
Think of the interviewer as the person who is providing you with a roadmap. If you listen to them, you should get a clear understanding of what they are looking for in the preferred candidate.

b. Pause, don't be afraid to take a few seconds and plan out your wording.

c. Answer the question with confidence

d. Be positive! Do not bring any negativity to the interview. Even if it's the truth, it doesn't belong in this environment. (The best analogy is on a first date, if you are negative, you probably won't get a second one).

e. Use an example of yourself. By using an example, you can really drive the point home. Instead of telling the interviewer what you are capable of doing, an example shows yourself doing it.

6. Close the Interview Well

• Once the interview is ending, you need to make sure that you’ve gotten all objections out of the way.
One way to identify any issues is to ask “Do you have any questions or concerns that might prevent me from moving forward in this process?”
• Make sure to show enthusiasm for the opportunity and always get a business card.

7. Follow-up

• Send either a thank you note or e-mail to anyone you met with in the interview (ask your recruiter if you don’t have the full contact information).
• Debrief with your recruiter. Let them know what things interested you about the company, and what things you were worried about.
• Address any objections head on.

8. Some other Helpful Information

Appearance & Demeanor
Make sure you are in business attire; being over-dressed will not hurt you
Have a firm handshake and smile confidently
Be on time, bring a briefcase or portfolio and any samples that show your work
Look the interviewer in the eye during the interview

Body Language
Read the interviewer’s body language and be aware of your own.
Lean slightly forward to show that you are listening and interested in what is being said

Make sure to not be negative or whining. People like people that make them feel good.

Engage the interviewer by asking questions that get them to talk.