- Get to know your prospective employer. Being knowledgable will convince your interviewer that you really want the job you've inquired about. It will also show him/her that you are someone who goes the extra mile to be informed and perform a given task to the best of your ability.
- Know information about past work experience. Interviewers often ask about past employment; your reason for working there and why you no longer do, past salaries, job titles and descriptions, expectations, how you solved problems, what you liked and what you didn't, employment dates, etc.
- Think about yourself. No, it's not selfish. The interviewer wants to know who he/she might be hiring. You'll often be asked what your greatest strengths and weaknesses are. Another common request is to describe yourself in three words. Questions about yourself tend to be the most difficult because you have to be completely honest when evaluating yourself.
- Be honest. Don't lie because you think a made up answer is what the interviewer wants to hear. If you're not being truthful and representing yourself, the job would never work out, even if you got it because you need to find an employer who fits you, just as the employer needs to find employees that fit him/her. More importantly, lying is wrong!
- Look up interview questions. This is not cheating. There are certain interview questions that everyone asks: why you want the position, name a time you went "above the call of duty," and where you see yourself in the future, to name a few. Prepare possible responses, but try not to sound too rehearsed. After all, a major part of interviewing is thinking on your feet.
- Ask questions. It is a common misconception that the interviewer does all the asking and the interviewee does all the answering. But you should use your interview as an opportunity to ask questions about the prospective employer from someone who is most likely an expert. Often the interviewer asks you if you have any questions for him/her at the end of the interview, but even if that is not the case for you, DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP.
- Use good speaking techniques. It's okay to be nervous during and interview--it's almost expected. But interviewers want to see how you can work through your nerves and turn them into something positive. Do not let your nerves get the best of you.
- Don't talk too fast
- Do not use conversational language (slang, jargon, etc.)
- Don't fill pauses in speech with "like," "um," or any other so-called filler words
- Vary the tonality and quality of your voice
Hopefully these interview tips are helpful! Best of luck with any interviews you may have coming up. Let me know how everything works out.