Interview 101: Essentials

Interview 101: Essentials
You just got the call to interview for the job you want. You worked hard on the resume portion, did a follow up call, and it paid off.

Now, it’s time to make a big impact with a face to face interview.

Here are a few tips to make you the most competitive candidate!


The internet is overloaded with sample interview questions, from basic getting-to-know-you prompts to industry specific. Find a few different lists of interview questions. Practice answering those well. You cannot be too prepared.

Be able answer basic questions, such as:

What are your strengths?
What challenges have you overcome and how?
Why do you want this job?
What are your professional goals over the next year?

Get comfortable

One important aspect of a great interview is looking and feeling relaxed. If you’re comfortable, you’ll stay better focused on the interviewer’s questions, and prepare a solid answer before you speak.

Wearing appropriate, well-fitting business attire is essential as well. You should look professional and relaxed when you sit in front of your interviewer. Uncomfortable clothing can make you distracted, or even worse, fidgety.

Practical Tips

Find a way of building rapport with your interviewer by doing simple things, like smiling and maintaining good eye contact.

Turn your cell phone off. Nothing is more embarrassing or disrespectful than a cell phone ringing during your interview.

Have a few questions ready to ask your interviewer. For example, what are some of the organization’s goals for the year? How could I best add value to your team?

Being inquisitive is an asset. Asking questions shows that you are prepared and thoughtful.

If the interview goes well, be prepared to answer the basic question, “What kind of salary do you require?”

Researching hourly/salary rates for equivalent positions in your area prior to the interview, will help you have an educated answer.

The Key

Stay positive. Stay upbeat. Be honest and confident.

Interviews seem intimidating, but they are actually a great opportunity to showcase yourself, and learn more about an organization.

Walking into an interview prepared and confidant sends a strong message to the interviewer. Chances are they are looking for candidates who fulfill the technical requirements of the job, but also have a good balance of soft skills.

Highlight your best attributes, provide knowledgeable answers, thoughtfully communicate, and you will be well on your way to securing the job you want!