Step one - Establish a rapport with the interviewer. Give this person
a firm (but not bone crushing) handshake. Look the person in the eye and
exchange greetings with a confident smile.
Step two - After the greetings, the interviewer should provide general
information on the company and specific details on the open position, i.e.
title, duties, and the type of background they are looking for. You will
likely be asked a series of questions about your professional background
and your reasons for seeking a new position. Be prepared with clear, concise
answers! Remember that it is a major mistake to speak negatively of past
Step three - At this stage, it is now appropriate for you, the
interviewee, to take center stage in the meeting. Having done some prior
research on the Company, ask some specific questions demonstrating your knowledge
of the Company's products, industry, and key business issues effecting them.
Point out how your professional experience, credentials, and personality
is a good match for the stated requirements of the position in question.
Step four - The close. In the final phase of the interview, the candidate
should express a strong interest in the open position. Remember, you took
the time to prepare for and take the interview. Consequently, you should
always go for the win-that is an offer. Before leaving, be sure to ask what
the next step is in their hiring process. Finally, send a thank you note
to the hiring manager or interviewer the following day.