Review Your Resume: Before entering an interview, your resume is probably going to be the only source of information the interviewer has about you. In most cases, the interviewers will have familiarized themselves with the resume or perhaps even memorized key elements of it.
Therefore, it is essential to be completely familiar with what is written on your resume. Take some time to review your past and current positions, and take note of both your accomplishments and possible weaker points. Make sure that you are able to respond to any specific questions and interviewer might ask. Most importantly, make sure that your resume is current and up-to-date.
Research Company: The biggest mistake in interviewing is not being fully prepared. Interviewing is a skill and as with all skills, preparation and practice enhance the quality of that skill. Preparation can make a difference between getting an offer and being rejected. Gather as much information as possible about the company and the position. Try to obtain the company’s most recent financial reports and familiarize yourself with them so that you can speak to the numbers. The more information you have going into an interview, the better prepared you will be.
Be Prepared: Preparation for your interview is the first essential step towards conducting a successful meeting with your potential employer
Tips for being prepared:
Know exact time, date and location of the interview
Know the interviewer's correct full name, title, work telephone, work e-mail
Know the facts about the job description, company, financials, competitors, products and services
Research the company's internal website and utilize outside research; Google, Hoovers, Bloomberg
Prepare some questions to ask the interviewer regarding the position and the company
Have at least seven extra resumes
Include a pen and paper in your briefcase to take notes
Interview Technique: During the interview, you will be assessed based on your strengths and challenges. Specific individual communication characteristics will be reviewed, such as attitude, aptitude, stability and motivation.
Arrive ten minutes early for the interview
Greet the interviewer by his or her first name
Shake hands firmly
Look the interviewer in the eye at all times
Be charismatic and enthusiastic; it is very important that you demonstrate your interpersonal skills
Obtain a description of what the position entails at an early stage in the interview
Make sure that your good points get across to the interviewer in a concise and factual manner
Never make derogatory remarks about your past or present company, boss or a co-worker
Do not inquire about the salary, bonuses and benefits in first interview
Questions to ask potential employer: The interview is a two-way process; you are also interviewing your prospective employer
What will the position entail?
How has the position become available?
How does my role fit into the structure of the overall department?
How is the organization structured and who heads the departments?
Who will I report to?
Will anyone report to me?
Who are the co-workers in the group?
Closing the interview:
Review the meeting notes; details of the opportunity and why you are a good fit for the position
Inquire about setting up the next meeting
Thank the interviewer for the time spent with you
Within 24-48 hours after interviewing, send an email to each interviewer you met with thanking him/her for meeting with you
If you are interested in the opportunity, make a few points of your strengths and synergy for the role