A Guide to Successful Interviewing

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So, you have landed an interview for a seemingly wonderful job! Now what? Successful interviewing will be essential in order for you to lock in an offer. If you have the right interview skills, they will help you get hired.

Here are some tips and strategies for effective interviewing from preparation through delivery. Let's start with an overview of the keys to positive interviewing.

Study the Company

Gathering background information on a prospective employer is crucial to successfully preparing for an interview.

Review the employer's website, especially the About Us section and don't be afraid to request details on the position you are interviewing. When you demonstrate your knowledge about the organization it shows genuine interest, which is what interviewers want to see. Research the company's history, its position in the market and new developments, particularly recent or planned changes that could affect your role.

Envision Yourself in the Role

If you believe your qualifications and the job requirements are the perfect match, don't be shy about envisioning yourself in that role. When asked, be prepared to comment on what you can accomplish in your first 60 or 90 days on the job; however, don't come across as a know-it-all whose mission is all about change.

Interviewing Help

Need more help? Review our interviewing section. Many of today's recruiters have adopted behavioral interviewing as their preferred method of screening candidates.

Learn how to prepare for this common interviewing approach by reviewing behavioral based interviewing.

Mistakes!

Want to avoid some of the typical interviewing blunders? Review these Top Interview Blunders.

Money! Money! Money!

Visit our Salary Center for salary survey information in a broad array of fields.

This data will provide you with the information you need to discuss salary offers. You'll also find tips for successful handling those salary negotiations. Consider questions about your salary requirements a good sign. Employers typically don't broach the subject unless they're contemplating you coming aboard. On the other hand, premature questions about salary are sometimes used to weed out candidates.

For example, if the job application instructions require you to include salary history and specific salary requirements, that can be a tactic to classify applicants as "qualified with feasible salary requirements," and "qualified with high salary demands." But if the interviewer wraps up your meeting with questions about your salary requirements, it could be a sign that your skills and qualifications are impressive enough to move you to the next stage in the selection process.

Practice Makes Perfect 

Prepare answers to commonly asked interview questions. Doing so will help you analyze your background and qualifications for the position. Ask a close friend or mentor to conduct a mock interview with you -- someone with insight about recruiting and hiring processes is ideal! Record the mock interview and review it to see how well you answer questions.

Dress Rehearsal

Try on your interview attire -- make sure it fits and that you feel comfortable. Practice your interview responses so you're comfortable enough to deliver answers with confidence. Don't wait until the last minute to get directions to the interview location and estimate your travel time. Give yourself enough time to arrive several minutes early so you have time to decompress and relax before your meeting.

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