Competitive Interview Prep

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it,
for that determines our success or failure.

—Norman Vincent Peale

You finally have an interview! Your moment of truth has arrived. Whether your interview is on campus or off, it is important to make the most of it. Because to be successful, you should always seek to retain control of the process, and the only way to do this is to have control over the final decision. You can always walk away from a company that you later decide you have no interest in, but you need to remain in positive control to retain the power to pick and choose. Your objective in every interview should be to take yourself one step further toward generating a potential job offer. Or to remove you from consideration if the job is truly not an appropriate fit. You can do that by doing your very best in each and every interview. Treat every interview as if it were the only one you will ever get with that company and your only opportunity to convince them that you are the best candidate for the position. Although there may be several interviews before the eventual offer, you must score positively in each interview.

Successful interviewing begins with preparation. Read this chapter and the next to be fully prepared before your first interview. And reread the information for additional pointers as your interviewing approach matures over time.