Stan Neumann's Job Hunting Page - Interviewing Tips
Links that I've collected, some of which are useful.
Mostly focused on software engineering and management

Body posture and body language is ever so much more important than you probably think - Google, and then listen to, the TED talk by Amy Cuddy (if necessary, include "body language" in the query). An important point is that adjusting your body language affects the way you perceive yourself, and the way you project yourself, and all of that is partly a habit that you want to work on ahead of time. As someone who was rejected from a job because of "low energy", I can emphasize that this is very important.

One of the things that the interviewers will be looking for is someone who is engaged and really interested in what the company is doing. Be active in the conversation (although don't overwhelm the conversation). If it is practical, at the beginning of the conversation, ask something like "Before we get started, would you mind sharing some of the goals (or challenges) that your team is working on and how someone like me could contribute", and/or "I've read the job description, but I'd appreciate your perspective - what are you hoping a new hire will contribute to the team". You need to ask these early if possible, so that your answers in the rest of the interview can address their hot buttons. As the conversation proceeds, ask questions about what they are asking. (E.g. if they ask about your experience with Agile, ask "If I may, what approach do you currently take to agile? Is that changing over time?")

At the end, they will usually ask if you have questions, be sure to have some ready. In general the following themes are good ones:

Notes from a seminar

If you have to do a phone screen, do it standing up and if possible near a window - it improves your energy level, which comes through on the interview. Feel free to pace if it helps.


Some interviewers will ask challenging questions to try to knock you off balance. Deal with this by:

Other notes on phone interviews:

The key to having a successful phone interview might be to remember - it's an interview. Treat it as you would any important business call, wherever you happen to be.

Some potentially useful links:

Some questions I've gotten that I wish I'd been better prepared for:

The underlying themes of the interview are:

Questions you might want to ask:

About the company:

About the Department:

About the position:

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