General Best Practices
Below are some important reminders on how to approach an interview. Integrating these best practices with thorough preparation will create a polished and authentic interview experience – for both the interviewer and the interviewee.
Some companies may highlight a dress code on their website, but many do not. You can, however, get a sense of the appearance they are trying to portray by reviewing the images and information on their website. In addition to the website, check out the organization’s social media presence for dress code cues. Remember that it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed for an interview.
Maintain a confident posture by sitting up straight
Negative body language, like slouching, can disengage the interviewer. Presenting yourself confidently enhances your overall interview impression.
Allow the interviewer to lead the conversation
Making personal connections, when relevant, throughout the interview is good but avoid overpowering the conversation with irrelevant information. This ensures a focused and effective exchange, highlighting your suitability for the role.
Demonstrate active listening by taking notes
This not only shows attentiveness but also helps in recalling crucial details, reinforcing your commitment and interest in the discussion and in the position.
Highlight your successes and align them with the role
Avoid spending too much time explaining irrelevant experiences as they could become part of the interviewer’s key takeaways. Focus the time, instead, on the information you want to showcase.
Be honest about where you may be lacking or have room for growth
Interviewers will appreciate the honesty and it could uncover important topics of conversation. Misleading or misrepresenting skills, experience, or employment can negatively impact the interview.
Come prepared with questions about the role and the company
Unless the interviewer brings up the topic, avoid inquiring about compensation or benefits too early in the process.