-Know your job function...exactly what you will be doing at this company.
-Wear your best suit....looking fly makes you less nervous :)
-Bring some of your projects you have been working on in school. They may ask you about them and it would be good if you had it handy to show.
-Have a big breakfast.......a full stomach makes you calmer
-Don't be scared....What I do is psych myself by saying "hey, I'm probably smarter than these guys anyway" :) May not be true, but atleast is calms me down. ;)
Hope that helps.....good Luck! *** Edited 1/20/2004 10:31:59 PM UTC by Antuan***
Depending on the company, I just treat it as a conversation with a co-worker. If you are comfortable, the interviewer is comfortable, which makes you even more comfortable, and more likely to get the job.
1. As stated above, treat it like a conversation with a co-worker. By the time you get there, you've done everything you can to prepare. So just relax and enjoy the ride. Interviewing can be fun.
2. Non-Verbals are key. For example, leaning slightly forward in your chair shows more interest than slouching. Do a search on the net for some more basic info.
And this one has worked wonders for me, but you must be tactful...
3. Turn the tables on them. They'll ask you plenty of questions, so don't worry about making time to sell yourself; they'll take care of that. Instead, make the company sell themselves to you. Ask good questions by taking a simple question and making it tough. Example: Instead of asking 'what projects will I work on,' ask: 'what kind of responsibility can I expect of the projects I am involved with?' The more tough questions you ask, the more you will stand out from the other candidates. If you can stump them, you'll score some bonus points.
By 'interviewing them,' you can get into the driver's seat if you are good at it. Sometimes by focusing on selling yourself, you could be percevied as slightly defensive, lacking confidence. But if you can effectively turn the tables, suddenly you are assertive, self-confident, and a real go-getter. Just keep in mind there is a fine line between confident and cocky. Have the mind set that they want you, but they don't need you.
As for what to wear, it's hard to say. I would recommend the best looking semi-formal outfit you have that doesn't involve a jacket or tie. Think I'm meeting my girlfriends parents for dinner at a nice restaurant. But, then again, I'm a designer, and could get away with dressing casual for an interview. Engineering is more on the Type A side, and it's better to be safe than sorry.
Also body language is a biggie. Look them in the eye....don't just stare down at the table or you notes.
Check out this site...it has a bunch of good tips and ideas for interviewing.
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