Have your pre-interview questions prepared.
You were smart enough to print out the job posting when you applied to help you prepare for the interview but when you are called to schedule an interview you have an opportunity to get a leg-up on the competition by asking a few questions before your interview. “Who will I be interviewing with?”, “In what capacity would I be interacting with each of these people if offered the position?” are a couple examples.
Present, don’t think.
While interviewing, you should be focused on presenting what you have prepared and practiced, not spending time thinking about what your answers should be. By scheduling a practice interview or taking an online interview through the Center for Career Development you can learn what types of questions you can anticipate for your particular job field.
Communicate the important attributes.
When you have spent the time to prepare for the interview you will be able to create an environment where the interviewers can observe your confidence. With confidence you will naturally exhibit more enthusiasm and energy resulting in a better communication style. It isn’t enough to just state that you have good communication skills, motivation, problem solving skills, etc. You must demonstrate these attributes during the interview.
Your answers should be stories that highlight your accomplishments.
Stories make people listen and allow the listener to associate their experiences with yours. By sharing stories you will be more engaged and animated, resulting in a more enjoyable experience for both you and the interviewer. Just be sure to include your results and accomplishments to help the employer remember your strengths.
Ask the right questions.
While it is necessary to ask questions of your own, there are guidelines regarding appropriate and inappropriate questions. Yes/No questions, questions about salary or benefits, and questions you know nothing about should be avoided while questions about next steps, or positive, future-focused questions that incorporate you into the company are ideal.