Interview Do's and Don'ts

Interview Do's...

  • Arrive on time!
  • When presented with an application, fill it out neatly and completely
  • Look a prospective employer in the eye while speaking.
  • Greet the interviewer by last name, if you are sure of the pronunciation, if not, ask the employer to repeat it.
  • Give the appearance of energy as you walk.
  • Smile! Shake hands firmly. Be genuinely glad to meet the interviewer.
  • Wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright, look alert and interested at all times.
  • Be a good listener, as well as a good communicator.
  • Mirror the interviewer's leads. Try to get the interviewer to describe the position and the duties to you early in the interview so that you can apply your background, skills and accomplishments to the position.
  • Make sure that your good points come across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner.
  • Conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing. Never close the door on opportunity.
  • Show enthusiasm, if you are interested in the opportunity, enthusiastic feedback can enhance your chances of being further considered. If you are not interested, your responsiveness will still demonstrate your professionalism.
  • Answer questions truthfully, frankly and succinctly, how confidence both visually and verbally.

And Don'ts

  • Do not over answer questions
  • Do not answer with a simple "yes" or "no," explain whenever possible. Describe some things about yourself which relate to the situation.
  • Don't rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you, interviewers will want you to speak for yourself.
  • Don't smoke right before the interview, and do not chew gum.
  • Do not inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, etc. on the initial interview
  • Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
  • When explaining your reasons for leaving a previous position, limit your comments to adequately communicate your rationale for leaving. Be truthful, and NEVER lie.
  • Bring several copies of your resume, and be able to talk about your resume, don't read off of it during an interview, it's unprofessional.


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