The skill it takes to perform a job is not the same skills required to GET the job. Understanding the skills and techniques necessary for a successful interview will put you in a much more competitive position.

Here are Guidelines for Successful Interviewing

Do Your Research. Research the company you will be talking to, Understand their product and service. What projects have they worked on recently? What is their reputation and position in the marketplace? Integrate this information in your interview. Find out as much as possible about the organization and know the requirement of the job for which you are applying.

Look for Opportunities to Ask Questions. What is the employer or interviewer really looking for? Very often, job descriptions do not fully articulate what the real needs of the company are. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Where are they in the hiring process? What are their areas that are of most concern to them?

Present Features and Benefits. The features are your skills, abilities and experiences. Be prepared to offer specific examples of specialization or accomplishments. This is an opportunity to get your good points across. Sometimes telling a real experience or story is easier and more authentic.

Focus On What The Company Needs. Make sure you’re addressing the companies problems, not your own. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Don’t talk about how eager you are to move ahead or how much you would enjoy working there. What can you do for them?

Present a Positive Attitude: Having a positive attitude is sometimes more important than your skills. Express enthusiasm, maintain good eye contact, establishing a rapport, and show a sincere interest. HOW you answer questions is just as important as what you have to say.

Practice, practice, practice, – Interviewing is a skill. Becoming proficient at something takes practice. The interview is no exception.