Qualified Search’s Best Interviewing Guidelines

A.K.A. The Obvious Advice — Better Said List


  • Review the company Website, and seek additional information online.
  • Review the position description if one is available.
  • Prepare talking points that tie your capabilities to the position.
  • Learn who you will be interviewing with if possible before the day of the interview.
  • Google the company’s executives to learn more about them than just what is listed in a Bio.
  • Use LinkedIn and other social media sites to obtain background information and possible connections.
  • Do your best to obtain business cards from everyone you meet.
  • Promote yourself. It is never a negative to express your interest in a job.
  • Remember, true enthusiasm may overcome any perceived lacking skill.
  • Study up on the location of the interview prior to departing. Don’t completely rely on a navigation system. Allow for traffic, challenging parking, and unexpected delays.
  • Know who to call if you are running late and have that number readily accessable.
  • Think about the best time of day for you to interview (if you have that option) to reduce the need to reschedule with unexpected emergencies.
  • Research the dress code. Dark, formal suits are not always appropriate.
  • Have good questions prepared and always bring a portfolio to jot notes.
  • Direct benefit questions to human resources, and job questions to the hiring manager.
  • Have some interesting stories ready that demonstrate your ability to navigate challenging situations.
  • Let the interviewer drive the interview. Follow the 50/50 rule. They talk 50% of the time and you talk 50% of the time.
  • At the end of the interview it’s helpful to ask the interviewer if they have any concerns.
  • Thank each interviewer for their time.
  • Send a prompt email thank you and include any additional information relevant to your abilities. Send a written follow-up if desired.