Landing an interview may seem like the ending point in a job search. But it’s actually only the beginning. This crucial opportunity is the chance for candidates not only to learn more about the organization and position, but to prove their expertise and how they would benefit the company. Below are tips for best interviewing practices that will help you take the next step in your career.

Be prepared to provide and discuss specific examples of accomplishments and initiatives, preferably with quantifiable results, that will set you apart from your competitors. Consider using the PAR method to answer questions—discuss a specific Problem you’ve encountered, the Action you took to resolve the issue and the end Result.

Research the organization and role prior to the interview to gain a better understanding of the company’s mission and values as well as the function of the position for which you’re applying. Demonstrate an interest in the company, not only by asking pertinent questions regarding the position and culture of the organization, but also by having positive body language that says, “I want this job.”

Remember that the interviewer is on your side. Through the interview process, they’re interested in getting to know more of your professional background and your compatibility with the organization. Answer questions openly and honestly; don’t respond with what you think the interviewer wants to hear or try to evaluate your own answers—just be yourself.

As an executive recruiter in the field of Human Resources, I coach candidates throughout the executive search process, including successful interviewing. I welcome your feedback or additional thoughts on best interviewing practices.

This is the second post of a three-part series that takes an in-depth look into the interview process. Follow the links below to read the rest of the series.

The Resume: Part One of the Interview

Four Methods for Hiring the Right Talent