Sloane & Associates, Inc. has arranged thousands of interviews.
Our experience has shown that the first step in the process is to interview yourself:
Thoughtfully assess your current situation
Update your resume listing accomplishments
Define your goals and your next position.
The second step is to be certain that what you desire is not available with your current employer. Before you commit to an outside interview:
Finally accept interviews with other firms and prepare yourself to accept or reject offers based on the merits of each situation independently. A decision based on how another company responds may be default decision and not in your best interest.
Proper interview planning will help you achieve the two main objectives of making a positive impression and gathering information.
Never initiate compensation discussions. Always ask how you did, and confirm the next step in the process.