Interviewing: Expert Tips to Close the Deal, Part 1

Before the Interview

One of the most important interviewing tips is to prepare. Below are several tips that will make you a stand-out candidate in any interview.


Research the company before the interview. You need to know enough about the company that you can ask knowledgeable questions. If you cannot explain to the interviewer what the company does, then you probably will be evaluated as unable or unprepared to do the job.

Research can be as easy as reading the company website. Or it can be much more in-depth exploration of the company. You might research the company’s annual reports for the last 3 to 5 years to identify trends and growth.

Search online for press releases from the company and news articles that mention the company or its executive officers. The more information you have, the better able you are to assess the job and the company during the interview.


Work with a friend or family member to role play the interview setting. Be sure that you have a firm handshake, that you are at ease during the introductions, and that you can answer the questions.

Many industries and positions have lists of relevant questions online. You might be lucky and find a list of questions by former interviewees specifically about this company.

Practice, practice, practice! You know there will be questions such as “tell me about yourself” and “what do you know about our company and this position” so prepare good answers for those questions.


Know your resume. Be able to answer completely and succinctly any question related to information on the resume.

This document is a snapshot of you, so if you can’t answer a question about a job or a skill that is included in the resume, hiring managers are going to assume that you have overstated your experience and abilities.


Exploring the job description is a process that should start before you ever submit your resume for the position.

Before the interview, revisit the job description to remind yourself exactly what the employer is seeking. You have an interview, so the hiring manager thinks you are qualified, now it is necessary to sell yourself to the interviewers.

With each question, address your skills, knowledge, and experience as they relate to the job description. You may not meet every requirement, but you can demonstrate a willingness to learn and an ability to get up to speed quickly.

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