People are always looking for general yet solid interviewing tips. We surveyed just over 1000 Chief Financial Officers, Treasurers, Controllers, CIO’s and other hiring authorities and here’s what they had to say. Some of it is basic and obvious. Some of it’s a great refresher. Yet some of it provides new perspective.

Pre Interview Conduct:

  • Take a practice run to the location where you are having the interview to be sure you know exactly where it is and how long it takes to get there.
  • Always perform the necessary research on the company you are interviewing with. Review their products, form10-k (if public) etc. Print out pertinent information to arrive at well-constructed business questions to ask your interviewer.
  • If working through a recruiter, know the type of job interview you will encounter; behavioral, conversational, etc.
  • Wear a suit. Period.
  • Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. If you are running late, phone the company.
  • Bring extra resumes to the interview.
  • Be neat and groomed.
  • Dispose of all gum, candy and breath mints before entering the building for your interview.
  • Leave your cell phone in the car.
  • Greet the receptionist or assistant with courtesy and respect. This is where you make your first impression and he/she can be an invaluable asset.
  • Be prepared to complete a job application, fill it out neatly, completely, and accurately.

During Interview Conduct:

  • Shake hands firmly. Solid “web-to-web” contact from one hand to another, grip firmly shake 3-4 times and release.
  • Wait until you are offered a chair before sitting and remember body language and posture: sit upright and look alert and interested at all times. Don’t fidget or slouch.
  • Make good eye contact with your interviewer(s).
  • Remember that the interview is also an important time for you to evaluate the interviewer and the company he or she represents.
  • Be prepared for a question about your salary requirements. It is always best to tell them what you are currently making if asked. If asked what your looking for hold firm to tell them you are looking for a competitive offer. If you’re being asked, you’re being considered. Don’t let them rule you in or out based on what you cost.
  • Avoid using poor language, slang, and pause words (such as “like,” “uh,” and “um”).
  • Always showcase your talents, skills, and determination. Avoid yes and no answers. Give examples.
  • Stress your achievements. Only offer any positive information about yourself.
  • Show what you can do for the company rather than what the company can do for you.
  • Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing. Never close the door on an opportunity until you are sure about it.
  • Answer questions truthfully and frankly. Do not over-answer questions.
  • Always be positive about former colleagues, supervisors, and employers.
  • Be enthusiastic in your tone of voice. This will assist in your level of perceived confidence.
  • Maintain a professional disposition. Avoid telling jokes, discussing controversial topics, personal issues or family problems during the interview.
  • No matter how qualified you are for the position via your resume/ job application you will need to sell yourself to the interviewer.
  • Close the interview by telling the interviewer(s) that you are interested in going to the next step, and find out what that is.
  • Ask for business cards from each person you interviewed with.

Post Interview Conduct:

  • Immediately take down notes after the interview concludes so you don’t forget crucial details.
  • Send thank you letters (email is fine) 24-48 hours after interview.