When I am coaching clients on career transition a common concern is how to be successful in an interview.
PLAN: open up your calendar and plan ahead so if you get an email or call for an interview you have no conflicts. Throughout each day consistently check emails and phone messages, and respond as soon as possible (within 2-4 hours). You want to be available so keep your days uncluttered.
PREPARE: Prepare a very specific resume that will describe your accomplishments, successes, and a timeline. The resume should be clear, concise, and easy to read so a prospective employer can find information easily. Customize your resume to meet the requirements of the position you are interviewing for. Being prepared also means doing research so you know the company’s industry, competitors, successes, and challenges.
PRESENT: Dress to impress: wear clothes that are appropriate for the position, but are comfortable (a tie too tight, or a skirt too short will simply distract you). Smile: a smile tells everyone you are glad to be there and that you look forward to the interview. Make eye contact and offer a firm handshake. Listen intently, and speak clearly. Ask questions so you present yourself as confident, interested, and excited about becoming a part of the organization. Finally, have ideas ready about how you could contribute to their business. Don’t be afraid to tell them why you are the best choice for the job.