There are tons of articles out there on interview skills.
I’d like to throw in my twenty-five cents (inflation). I was a hiring manager for a while, and talked to a lot of job candidates. And I’ve taken those experiences to heart. In fact, since then, I’ve landed every job I’ve applied for. So in no particular order, here are a few things to consider:
Be Confident. Getting to the interview is the hard part. The interview itself is cake! Just keep on telling yourself that, over and over. The interview is your chance to show your potential employer that you’re a good fit. (S)he already knows that you have the technical aptitude. Otherwise you wouldn’t be in the room. Now (s)he wants to make sure that you’re a cultural fit. So be your charming self. Smile, and enjoy the experience!
Look the Part. Make sure you look like you belong. It will show that you understand the company’s culture. But make sure you look neat and clean, whatever you’re wearing. I’m also a fan of “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” But that’s just me. Also, it’s a good idea to avoid strong perfumes or scents, as we all have different sensitivities.
Be Prepared. Do your homework. Know who you’re going to be meeting with during the interview process, so that you can ask intelligent, well-informed questions. It shows that you have a real interest in the company, and that you really think you can make a contribution. And bring copies of your CV or resume on paper (or on a flash drive if it’s an environmentally-conscientious organization!). And keep a few good anecdotes in your back pocket.
Be Diplomatic. While honesty is always the best policy, be prepared to have diplomatic answers to questions like, “Why are you leaving your current position?” For example, don’t admit that your current boss drives you crazy because (s)he’s a micromanager. A response like, “My current supervisor’s management style isn’t a good fit” is probably the better way to go. And be able to back it up. Why isn’t it a good fit? “I work best when I’m provided guidance, support, and a bit of latitude, and my current supervisor prefers to work at a very detailed level with his/her employees.”
Send a Thank You Note. I’d suggest overkill, and sending an email, as well as a hand-written note. And do it immediately. This shows that you appreciate your hosts’ time and energy, and that you are a thoughtful and professional individual. Make sure you get business cards for everyone you interview with, so that you have their contact information.
If it’s a Skype Interview… Find a well-lit, quiet area with good bandwidth. Avoid wearing complicated patterns, shiny jewelry, and loud colors, because they can be disorienting to your interviewer. Don’t move around too much, but do use body language to indicate your interest. For example, waving your hands or arms around can be distracting, but leaning in toward the camera while your interviewer is speaking denotes interest. If you’re a fast talker, make an effort to slow down and speak more slowly.
Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!