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Interview Do's and Don'ts

Interview Tips:

Preparing for the interview:

  • Dress appropriately- Business Dress unless instructed otherwise.
  • Research the company, and if possible the person who you will be interviewing.
  • Print out the job description, and make sure to know what it is you are actually interviewing for.
  • Have multiple copies of your resume printed and ready for the interviewer.
  • Plan your route and leave early to make sure that you arrive before the interview.
  • Fill out any appropriate paper work that is needed before the interview; bring copies in case they didn’t receive them.
  • Review how you would answer questions about yourself; also make sure to know how your experiences and skills match those of the position. 

Interview Dos

  • Greet the interviewer by last name.
  • Shake their hand! And thank them for taking the time to meet with you
  • If presented with an application at the interview, fill it out neatly and completely. Don't attach your resume unless you're told to do so. 
  • Project energy and enthusiasm. 
  • Wait until you're offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright, look alert and interested at all times.  
  • Put your cell phone away and turn off the sound.
  • Don’t cross your arms or fiddle with your hands, watch, ring, bracelet, etc. 
  • Listen carefully and respond succinctly and articulately. Look the hiring manager in the eye while speaking. 
  • Be sincere and truthful while focusing on communicating your specific professional achievements.
  • Tell the truth about everything, if caught in a lie it could end up worse than if you explained the truth from the beginning.  

Interview Don'ts

  • Chew gum, or come in with food/drinks. A bottle of water is okay as long as it doesn’t become a distraction.
  • Don't answer with a simple "yes" or "no." Explain whenever possible. 
  • If you don't understand a question - or need a moment to think about it - say so. Never pretend to know something or someone when you don't. 
  • Don't rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you. Interviewers will want you to be convincing. 
  • Don't make negative remarks about present or former employers. When explaining your reasons for leaving, communicate your rationale professionally. 
  • Don't over-answer questions. If the interviewer steers the conversation into controversial - or even illegal - topics, try to do more listening than speaking. Keep your responses non-committal. 
  • Don't inquire about salary, vacations, benefits, bonuses or retirement on the initial interview unless you are sure the employer is interested in hiring you.