Before the Interview:
* Know your perspective employer. Research their website, perform an internet search, and talk to existing employees whenever possible.
* Be familiar with your resume, make sure you can elaborate on anything written and be prepared with specific examples.
* Focus on the specific department and position you are interviewing for and prepare to sell yourself for that position. Focus on being able to answer what your short range goals and long range goals related to the position and the firm.
* When interviewing, it's always important to dress in your best business attire, regardless of the dress code of the organization.
* Prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview. Asking a pertinent and well-thought-out question that further demonstrates your interest in the firm is a great way to close an interview. Avoid asking the obvious questions.
* Get a good night sleep the night before your interview and arrive on time or a few minutes early.
* Be prepared by bringing extra copies of your resume, have your reference ready, bring a copy of your transcripts and or certifications. Make sure you have a nice professional portfolio to keep your paperwork organized and neat.
At the Interview.
* Project energy and enthusiasm. Smile and shake hands firmly.
* Look the hiring manager in the eye while speaking.
* Listen attentively to the questions you are being asked, and make sure you answer that question - not the one you would have liked to have been asked. Briefly think about your answer before you respond. Ask for clarification on the question if you need it.
* When answering questions, never use one word answers; always expand and use examples.
* Be sincere and truthful while focusing on communicating your specific professional achievements that relate to the job opening.
* If you want to highlight something you have accomplished that did not come up in the interview, mention it to the interviewer at the end if there is time.
* Ask for the interviewer's business card if they have not given you one.
After the Interview.
* Email a "Thank you" note to each interviewer soon after the interview.
* In your "Thank you" note make sure you emphasize your level of interest in the position, your strengths and redirect any weaknesses you feel might have been an issue in the interview.
* If you are receiving other offers/have deadlines and need to hear back from the firm, contact the interviewer or HR to get an update status and explain your timeframe.
* If you think of any questions you forgot to ask during the interview, don't hesitate to email the interviewer.