Step 1: The Greeting
Use this time to breath deeply, relax and respond to the interviewers casual inquiries. Introduce yourself with a smile and a firm handshake. Always maintain good eye contact during the interview.
Step 2: Their Questions and Your Answers
This is your chance to explain your skills and experiences while at the same time showing interest and enthusiasm. Be careful to answer the questions asked and not waste the interviewer's time by rambling away from the topic. A key goal here is to demonstrate confidently your belief that this is the right position for you.
Step 3: YOUR Questions
Be ready with a minimum of three questions. Here are some examples:
- Is the position of a newly created one or will I be filling the position of someone who was promoted or transferred?
- How will I be evaluated at XYZ company and how often?
- What do you think would be my biggest challenge in this position?
- What are the skills and attributes you value most for someone being hired for this position?
Step 4: Closing Statement:
Rather than exiting the interview with a simple "thank you", make a point to reemphasize your top qualifications, confirm your desire to obtain the position by specifically stating you hope you will be the successful candidate. And make sure to ask "What are the next steps in the interview process?"