Preparation is KeyPreparing for an interview requires research and practice to effectively present your alignment with the hiring manager's needs. To help you succeed in your interview, keep the following tips in mind.
Master the Art of CommunicationThere is an art to the interview, which is built around communication skills. It starts with engaged listening and is carried through your ability to keep a conversation relevant and on-topic. Make sure you hear, understand, and respond to the actual questions asked by your interviewer, rather than answering questions you think they want you to answer. Guide the interview conversation to ensure you cover each of your discussion points to demonstrate your unique alignment with their needs.
Practice Makes PerfectUse the "Mock Interview" online resource to review your responses to tough questions, observe and adjust your presentation style and body language. Practice answering sample interview questions as soon as possible to communicate the skills, accomplishments, and experience that best serve their needs. Help the interviewer not only hear but see that you are the best candidate to meet their needs. Remember, you will perform like you practice.
Prepare a PortfolioThe portfolio you carry into the interview should contain 8-10 pages of your printed research, marked-up so they can see your preparation research. Use that research to prepare 8-10 targeted questions related to areas of interest to refer to when they ask if you have questions. It may be hard to remember some questions in the excitement of the moment, so you will be able to calmly refer to them in your notes. If you are a writer, graphics specialist, or developer, be prepared to showcase samples of your work.