Job Interview Advice
The most important advice that we can give you is: do your homework. Find out as much as you can about the firm and the available position before your interview. And be your professional self at interviews.
Remember that this is also an opportunity for you to evaluate the "fit" of this job for you. The recruiter on the other side of that table is a human being who has been in your shoes. Talk to her/him, get to know them, ask their opinion and advice. Make it a two way conversation. Find out as much as you can about the organization and this job. When you leave an interview, you should feel like you did your best to get to know the company, the position and the recruiter.
These web sites include several articles and lots of advice on interviewing:
Recruiter Tips from BusinessWeek, "The Best Places to Launch a Career"
- Be honest - Don't give your recruiter answers you think they may want to hear. There isn't really any 'right' answer. We're most interested in getting to know you.
- Don't brag - Share your achievements and qualifications with confidence, but not arrogance.
- Sit still - Arrive 10 minutes early for the interview. Dress appropriately. Don't chew gum, fidget, or slouch during the interview.
- Shut up - People relate these intensely personal stories. It's fantastically inappropriate for a business setting. Use your judgment when you're relating things from your past.
- Skills matter - Never assume your experience is not relevant to the business world. For example, highlight how during your summer job waiting tables you developed customer service skills.
- Manners matter - Say 'please,' 'thank you,' 'you're welcome' 'excuse me' early and often. Polite behavior reflects the polish and maturity of a professional who will reflect well on the organization.