Interview Tip #1: Take Care of Your
Be well groomed. Clean hair and
fingernails are essential.
Dress appropriately. Your clothing
should be appropriate for the position you
Wear comfortable business attire.
Abstain from chewing gum or smoking.
Do not wear perfume, cologne, or other
strong scents. Some interviewers may have a
Interview Tip #2: Be Yourself
Relax and try to enjoy the interview.
If you are not yourself, it will show.
If the interviewer feels that you are
comfortable, this will ease the tension...
for the both of you.
Try not to be too "scripted" and
remember to adapt to the conversation.
Interview Tip #3: Be Prepared
Make sure you understand the process.
Different employers may have different
Find out as much as you can about the
position, the organization, and the
Try to enquire about the name of the
interviewer beforehand and research on his
or her background.
Talk to colleagues and friends who are
connected to the employer.
Interview Tip #4: Know Yourself
Interview Tip #5: Know the Position
Interview Tip #6: Research Your
Identify your employer's practice areas,
culture, size, corporate philosophy,
opportunities for growth, etc.
Interview Tip #7: Know Your Resume
and Cover Letter Inside Out
Review your career history thoroughly.
Review dates, positions, responsibilities,
Mentally review your past achievements
and be prepared to describe your work
experience in detail. Practice describing
your experience in terms of your
responsibilities and accomplishments at each
Be prepared to cite specific examples of
accomplishments and how your contribution
can help the company solve its problems.
Interview Tip #8: Understand Your
Goals and Objectives
Before attending the interview, decide
what you want to get out of the meeting,
what you want the interviewer(s) to notice,
Think of why you are interested in the
position and articulate your reasons.
Do not be afraid to ask tough questions
or raise any issues of concern.
Interview Tip #9: Be Punctual
Do whatever it takes to arrive a few
minutes early. If necessary, drive to the
company the night before and time yourself.
Allow extra time for traffic, parking, and
Interview Tip #10: Be Friendly and
Be friendly and courteous to all the
people you meet. Try to fit in.
Receptionists and others are sometimes
asked for their opinions of you. Do not
Be tentative to body language. Send the
right message by standing straight, moving
confidently, and sitting slightly forward in
The outcome of the interview will depend
largely on the impression you make during
the first five minutes. To succeed, you must
project a professional, competent, and
Remember that 85% of the verbal content
of the interview will probably be forgotten
within an hour of your departure. What
remains is the overall impression and a few
Interview Tip #11: Be Adaptive
Listen and adapt. Be sensitive to the
style of the interviewer. Pay attention to
dress codes, office furniture, and general
decor which will afford helpful clues to
assist you in tailoring your presentation.
Interview Tip #12: Have Your Own
Agenda and Know Where the Interview Should
Having your own plan will give you
confidence and help you move from one area
of questioning to the next. Remember that
most interviewers are as uncomfortable as
you are. If you can put the interviewer at
ease by helping things move smoothly, you'll
improve your chances of being hired.
Have some degree of control over the
interview by asking questions.
Interview Tip #13: Answer Questions
Listen carefully and respond succinctly
Use good grammar and articulate your
thoughts clearly. If this is an area where
you're weak, work on it. Practice on your
family, practice in front of a mirror,
record your voice, take classes - do
whatever it takes to become a more effective
Don't worry about pausing before you
answer. It shows you can think and are not
spitting out pre-made statements.
Try to relate your answers to the
interviewer and his or her company. Focus on
achievements relevant to the position.
Early in the meeting, try to get the
interviewer to describe the job and the
duties to you so you can focus your
Listen carefully and ask questions to
probe deeper into what the interviewer wants
to get at.
Never answer a question you don't
understand with a knee-jerk response. Always
seek clarification before answering. If you
don't know an answer, it's much better to
admit this than guess.
In answering and asking questions, you
want to demonstrate that you are:
Willing to work. Give examples of
your productivity on past jobs.
Committed to learning. Demonstrate
this through examples of learning
experiences (independent study,
professional development, education,
workshops, etc.). Your plan for future
development also communicates your
commitment to learning.
Flexible. Talk about how well you
work with others and how you can adjust
and fit into a new environment without
complaints or special requests.
Willing to contribute. Emphasize
what you can do for the company.
Interview Tip #14: Be Prepared to
You may be asked to share past
experiences with the interviewer. For
example, you may be asked to describe a
situation in which you applied your
knowledge to overcome obstacles or problems.
Ideally, you should briefly describe the
situation you found yourself in, summarize
the actions that you took, and state the
outcome based on your actions.
Interview Tip #15: Be Prepared to
Answer Unexpected Questions
Interview Tip #16: Avoid Making
Negative Statements about Previous Jobs or
Interview Tip #17: Leave a Lasting
Maintain your enthusiasm right through
to the end. Don't let your guards down.
Smile, shake hands firmly, and be sure to
thank your interviewer for his or her time.
Don't hesitate to say, "I hope we'll have
the opportunity to work together in the
Interview Tip #18: Be Confident
Interview Tip #19: Visualize the
Interview Tip #20: Practice
Simulate interviews with friends and
family. Practice on questions you think
might be asked. Practice will help you calm
down during the interview.
Plan out the answers to expected
questions. Write down answers if it can
help make your presentation more concise.
Try to keep your answers to the information
your new employer will want to know.
Interview Tip #21: Create a List of
Questions You Want to Ask Beforehand
Think of one or two questions that are
really important to you and consider asking
those same questions for all your interviews
so you can have a basis for comparison.
Do not ask questions that are already
answered on the firm's website. Employers
are as interested in your questions as they
are in your answers. They will react
favorably if you ask relevant questions
about the position, the company, and the
Interview Tip #22: Ask Interviewers
for Their Business Cards
Interview Tip #23: Always Let the
Interviewer Initiate the Close of the Job
Interview Tip #24: Evaluate Your
Interview Once You Are Done
Evaluate yourself. Learn from any
mistakes you made and make a conscious
effort not to repeat them in the future.
Write down as many details as you can
remember about the interview.
Note the date by which the interviewer
stated he or she would call you back.
Note whether you were on time.
Analyze what you did well and what you
could have done better. To be objective,
take the employer's perspective.
Note whether you did adequate research.
Note the questions that made you feel
Note your body posture, mannerisms, and
Note whether you stuck to the main
Note whether you were able to cover all
Note how you feel about the company and
Note whether you could have done better,
what you think you handled well, and what
you did not do so well.
Note whether there were any surprises
during the job interview process.