Regardless of how good your resume may be, and how much experience you have, it is unlikely that you will be able to move very far in your career if you are not able to perform well in job interviews. Luckily, you can learn to perform well in interviews.
Start with these ten tips:
1. Make sure you remember everything you have said about yourself in your cover letter and resume. Review both the day before your interview if possible.
2. Bring to the interview a copy of your resume, in an attractive folder, for everyone with whom you will be meeting.
3. Dress for success; that means looking as professional as possible.
4. Avoid slang. You want to sound as professional as possible.
5. Do not be critical of past employers, co-workers, or anyone else in your personal or professional life. Do talk about people who have helped and positively influenced you.
6. Nod in agreement when you agree with the interviewer. Maintain eye contact. Smile. Sound happy.
7. Carefully research the organization at which you are interviewing. The more you know about it the better.
8. Have answers prepared for the most commonly asked interview questions.
9. Arrive early. If you do not know the way to the interview site, make a "practice" trip to avoid getting lost on the actual interview day.
10. Thank your interviewer at the conclusion of the interview, shake his/her hand, and follow up with a thank you note that reiterates your interest in the position in question.
Finally, here is the interview tip that surprises almost everyone. Give your interviewer as much opportunity to speak as possible. Research has found that the longer the interviewer speaks, the more likely the candidate is to be hired.