Many times perception is more powerful than facts. If you have capable interview techniques, and a resume that can back you up, no job is out of reach. Don't be fooled though. You can't become a CFO just by interview skills alone, but they can help you on the way.

Dress Well, But Not Too Well

The goal is to look like a professional, but not a model. Remember, you aren't trying to turn your interviewer on (or maybe you are). You just want them to think of you as a serious candidate for the job. Avoid double-breasted suits and flashy ties that will detract from your interview answers.

A Firm Handshake Can Go A Long Way

So can a weak one. The problem is, weak handshake goes a long way in the wrong direction. In business, a lot can be said for the strength of your handshake. Don't try to break the interviewer's hand though.


Use that charming personality, and if you don't have one, pretend. A smile is a valuable interview technique because you show yourself as a open personality and someone who could fit in. This can be hard because you are nervous, but you must.

Be prepared

Research common interview questions associated with the job. This will help you answer questions quickly and more effectively. If you rehearse your answers, you will avoid rambling and be more likely to hit the nail on the head.


Don't lie to your interviewer. They can tell. Well, maybe they can't tell, but you don't really know so don't tempt fate. If your interviewer wants to know what your strengths are, tell them and don't embellish. The same goes for your weaknesses.


Having a good posture will help you exude confidence. It is important to be confident, unless you are an MIT all-star, because companies look for that in future promotions. A poor posture tells the interviewer that you are unsure of yourself. If you are unsure of yourself, why should anyone else be sure of your abilities?

Act Like You Already Work There

It helps if you know a little about the company. Small interjections of knowledge will let the interviewer know that you have done your homework and that you will put the required effort forward to do a good job. Use the term "we" often when speaking about the company. It makes it seem like you already work there.

Follow Up

After the interview, send the hiring department a letter or email or even make a phone call. Let them know that you appreciate the opportunity to participate in their interview process and you are glad for the opportunity they are providing you.

Following these job interview skills can help give you an edge when competing for a job. Remember the best thing on your side, though, is your background and skills. It is important to make sure your resume reflects the relevant talent that you possess for the job in question.