I have interviewed my fair share of people and below are some tips I think you will find helpful when going on to that next job interview.
Tip #1 – Do not talk yourself out of the job. Remember that the interviewer has most likely read your resume. Do not just regurgitate the entire resume (I had this happen to me once and I almost fell asleep as the candidate talked for almost 15 minutes straight. The Candidate lost me after the first 5). Make it a point to keep your responses engaging.
Tip #2 – Be prepared to use examples of your experiences. In my experience, I have noticed that people come to an interview ready to spill out principles and text book methodologies but no real world examples that show they have a true understanding of what these things mean and how they are used.
Tip #3 – Understand the challenge your interviewer is facing that causes a need to fill in that position. Be prepared to give them a good response on why you think you are the best person for the job. Don’t wait for them to ask you, just tell them. Prepare for this question.
Tip #4 – Research the company and have at minimum a high level understanding of their business.
Tip #5 – Take samples of your work that show you know what you are doing.
Tip #6 – Attitude can overcome your shortcomings. Allow your personality to shine and keep your attitude positive, comfortable and friendly. Be likable.
Tip #7 – Do not bad mouth a previous employee.
Tip #8 – Google your name and make sure there is no questionable information about you on the web.
Tip #9 – Go to LinkedIn groups in your industry and see what some of the hot discussion items are by other people in your area. Familiarize yourself with these issues and with recommendations that make sense. This is information that could come in handy and help you stand out during an interview.