- Listen carefully
- Be clear
- Use proper grammar
- Be appropriate
- Be specific
- Stay on track
- Ask questions
- Tie it all together
Listen to what is being asked and & answer the question. While this can be difficult when you are nervous, you should be sure that you are not so self-focused that you don’t listen to the interviewer(s).
Avoid yes or no answers to question, but use clear concise answers.
Use proper grammar and a professional tone. Avoid slang and inappropriate language.
Don’t exaggerate and don’t be negative. Focusing on negative experiences will reflect on you. Tell the TRUTH but put a positive spin on things.
Be as specific as possible: refer to concrete experience. Cite examples.
Ask appropriate, well thought out questions. Prepare some relevant questions for the end of the interview. These should relate to the position but not focus on benefits.
Stay on track. The interviewer(s) is looking for information on what kind of employee you would be. Keep to the point and do not bring up extraneous matters.
Your goal is to sell yourself and to provide a clear picture of how the organization can benefit from you. Realize your potential, and be ready to tie it all together (match skills & experiences with position requirements).
Practice a one-minute "self-sell" pitch that will allow the employer to understand why you should be hired, e.g. "So far in my studies, I've done well in and have enjoyed my auditing work. Besides, I have worked as an intern for many auditors in the local area. These experiences, coupled with my determination and desire to learn, will allow me to perform effectively in this position."