How to Successfully Interview

By Brenda on July 4th, 2011


In today’s tough economy it is hard enough to get an interview. You want to make sure you take full advantage of the opportunity because you may not get another chance for quite some time. There are many highly qualified people looking for work right now all of who look great on paper. So the difference usually comes down to who interviews the best. Interviewing is a skill that can be learned just like riding a bicycle. Read on to find out how to put your best foot forward during an interview.


With the internet there is no excuse not to know a lot about the organization and job you are interviewing for. Knowing facts, figures, and history shows you put forth a lot of effort and shows them you are not only interested in finding a job but you are genuinely interested in the company. You should have an understanding of the company’s mission, history, locations, and divisions.

Research Potential Job Interview Questions

Do some research and have answers prepared for questions you will likely be asked. You should have solid responses for questions such as:

  • Tell us about yourself?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • What are your career goals?
  • Why do you want to work for us?

These are common questions. If you don’t have a great response to these easy ones the likelihood of getting hired is slim to none.

Avoid Negativity

Never bad mouth your last employer – even if they were a bunch of jerks! It makes you look like a person of no integrity and casts a negative light upon you. It is a small world – you never know if the person sitting in front of you knows your old boss.

Follow Up

This seems to be a lost art in interviewing. After you have finished with the interview makes sure you get all of the interviewers contact information. A great time to ask is when they open up the interview for you to ask questions. Don’t tell them why you want their information just ask for a business card or email address.

You will want to send a follow up thank you the same day. When writing a thank you letter try to remember something that person said in the interview and incorporate it into your message. Such as “I was excited when you mentioned the great in-house training programs the company has.” This shows you were paying attention and gives you another shot at looking great. This one small step could be the difference between you getting the job or someone else.

Ask Questions

You must be prepared with relevant questions when presented with the opportunity. Avoid questions like: “How many vacation days do I get” or “Will I have to work overtime?” These make you seem lazy and will nullify your chances of getting the job. Ask questions regarding the typical day of the position or what are the most important functions of the job.


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