Updated: Sep 20
Use your research to formulate good questions for your interviewers.
You should have a schedule of your interviewers and their job title. Look them up on LinkedIn before your interview. Prepare to ask each interviewer different questions. We discuss your questions in roundtables after the interview. There is one question you can ask everyone. It is why they joined the company and if working there is what they expected it to be.
Bring your written question list with you to the interview.
Check in with the interviewers on what they think about the company culture. Also ask about the culture of the team you will be joining.
Save benefits and salary questions for the Recruiter.
Be prepared to make small talk, the weather, the big game last night or whatever seems appropriate. It will help you build rapport with your interviewer and lessen those interview jitters.
Be genuine in your interest. Ask about things you really want to know about. Their answers can lead you to ask new questions on a deeper level. This is great because it shows thought, expertise, and serious intent on your part.
Breathe, smile, and give a good handshake. Do not squeeze anyone’s hand too hard. Your handshake should be firm, not painful or limp.
What to Bring
Bring several copies of your resume and your interview schedule with you. Use a briefcase or one of those portfolios with a tablet for your carry all. Be sure to bring a pen.
Bring your business cards.
If appropriate, examples of your work whether it is in a portfolio, reports or on an iPad.
A copy of your Interview Question List.
Good energy, a professional demeanor and great attitude.
Kindness. Be kind to everyone you meet starting outside the building.
Hand sanitizer, mints vs gum and Kleenex.
Glasses or magnifiers if needed.