April 10, 2013
6 Essential Interviewing Tips
Folks tend to get nervous before a big interview. Here are six basic tips that will help ease those interview jitters:
- Do your homework. Know as much as you can about the prospective company including the past creative work or any major awards they’ve recently won. Look at their website; read their annual report; talk to past and present employees. Find out as much as you can about your interviewer and the job description (a recruiter can be very helpful in this area).
- Practice beforehand. Have a session with a coach or a recruiter prior to the interview to make sure you cover all bases. Collect a list of key interview questions and determine your answers ahead of time. Make sure you feel at ease answering, “Why do you want to make a move into this position?“ or “Why are you willing to leave your current job?” Decide in advance what you are going to say if asked about your salary needs. Be honest with yourself about your expectations, needs, and goals.
- Don’t forget the simple stuff. Know how to get to the interview, where to park and the telephone number of your interviewer in case you need to call en route. Be on time. Bring and offer a clean copy of your resume and references. Don’t forget your portfolio.
- Relax. Don’t be afraid. Your interviewer wants you to succeed…their job will be easier if you’re good. People who mirror the body language or pace of their interviewer tend to make the best impressions.
- Speak positive. Be aware that saying negative things about a former job, co-worker or boss may cause your interviewer to have concerns about your ability to be a positive team player.
- Be honest. If you are working for or have previously worked for a direct competitor, don’t be afraid to tell the interviewer, if asked, that you won’t reveal confidential information.