Tools for Success

Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these 10 strategies to improve your interview skills.

  1. Do Your Research
    Researching the company before the interview and learning as much as possible about its services, products, customers and competition will give you an edge in understanding and addressing the company's needs.
  2. Be Prepared
    Bring along a folder containing extra copies of your resume, a copy of your references and paper to take notes. You should also have questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview.
  3. Dress Professional
    Regardless of the position, dress as if you are applying to be CEO. Above all, dress for confidence. If you feel good, others will respond to you accordingly.
  4. Know Your Strengths and weakness'
    Even before being asked, proclaim you’re strengths so the question doesn’t need to be asked. No one likes being asked “what are your weakness’?”, but being confident and knowing what areas you are working to get better in, it will communicate humility and confidence.
  5. Be passionate about what you do
    Let the interview know that you’re not just working for a paycheck, but that you work for the work.
  6. Think before you speak
    In order to answer the interviewer’s questions with confidence and ease, take a moment to reflect on your answer and tailor it to convey the best response.
  7. Have questions prepared
    Prepare a mental list of questions about the job that would open up dialect allowing opportunity to talk about how you shine in the area.
  8. Use Appropriate Language
    It's a given that you should use professional language during the interview. Be aware of any inappropriate slang words or references to age, race, religion, politics or sexual orientation -- these topics could send you out the door very quickly.
  9. Don’t appear desperate
    When you interview with the "please, please hire me" approach, you appear desperate and less confident. Reflect the three Cs during the interview: cool, calm and confidence. You know you can do the job; make sure the interviewer believes you can, too.
  10. Don’t be cocky
    Attitude plays a key role in your interview success. There is a fine balance between confidence, professionalism and modesty. Even if you're putting on a performance to demonstrate your ability, overconfidence is as bad, if not worse, as being too reserved. BE CONFIDENT!!!