- Research the organization. Learn about the history, products and/or services, growth, future prospects, and any recent press the organization has received.
- Network with people in the industry. If possible, talk to someone who works for the organization with which you are interviewing. Try to get a feel for the culture of the company, and any current trends in the industry.
- Prepare answers to commonly asked questions in advance. Find them (and much more advice!) in the Interviewing Guide.
Be brief but articulate in your responses. Give concrete examples of your skills/experiences. For example, after identifying leadership as a skill, cite your role as team captain or student advisor to demonstrate that skill in action. Tell stories that emphasize your accomplishments.
Display your enthusiasm for the company and the position. A monotone voice and lackluster approach will make you seem disinterested.
At the close of the interview, thank the interviewer and clarify the next step. Ask when you should be expecting to hear about a decision or second interview.