Originally Posted by Martin S
I work in recruitment and I do interviews both over the phone and in person. What I notice most is that that the person who is being interviewed has no idea what they are there to do. Let me explain..
Your purpose at an interview is to sell yourself to the person interviewing you. I don't care what you did when you were little or what you did at your last job as long as it doesn't show me how you will be of benefit doing the kind of work you have applied for.
Your job at an interview is to show the company that is hiring you how you can help them solve their problems and make more money. That's the primary reason you are being hired. Companies hire people as resource they can use. What kind of resource are you and what are you bringing to the table?
You are only useful to the extent that you can help the business as a whole to accomplish it's goals. And basically, if you are not useful then you are useless and nobody would want to pay you money for being useless.
So focus on this: What can you do for the company that is hiring you? What needs do they have and how can you personally fill these needs using your current skills and experience?
How can you be of benefit to the company hiring you?
Only thing I would add to this, as an employer. I am looking for someone who will fit in well on the team. In IT, there are some people that are brilliant at what they do, but have no people skills, and are just unpleasant to be around. I would rather take someone slightly less skilled that we can work with rather than someone who is just going to be a big downer and unpleasant. So, aside from skills, we are hiring a person.