Tips for Interviewing Success

General Tips

  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Be yourself.
  • Do something routine before you start.
  • Dress so that you look and feel good ... make yourself comfortable.
  • Exercise your mouth muscles.
  • Hold something.
  • Know exactly how you will begin.
  • Make the room your own.
  • Meet and greet; make friends with audience members.
  • Realize that your audience wants you to succeed.
  • Realize you are the expert.
  • Rehearse, rehearse and rehearse some more.
  • Remember the first time is always the worst.
  • Remember to breathe.
  • Repeat or paraphrase questions.
  • Show up early, assess the physical space, check equipment and sight lines.
  • Start a conversation before you start your presentation.


  • Have someone interview you using the questions that you anticipate being asked and the ones that you hope you won’t be asked.
  • Ask colleagues and friends to watch the interview and take notes on things you did well and areas for improvement.
  • If possible, video tape the practice interview so that you can replay it for you own analysis.    

Self-Reflection (following Practice)

  • How did you feel during the interview?
  • What worked well?
  • What could you have done better? 

Feedback & Observation (from those who witnessed Practice)

  • Did the person being interviewed stay on message?
  • Did they have 3 talking points?
  • Did they have a quotable quote?
  • Did they keep their cool?
  • How did the interviewee handle difficult questions?
  • What was the interviewee’s main message?
  • Was the message delivered clearly?
  • What strategies did they use?
  • Did they illustrate the impact of their program?
  • Did they co-brand?
  • How do you feel about the image and content of their program?

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