Do's & Don'ts

Interviewing Do's & Don'ts

Do's     
  • Arrive 15 minutes early. Late attendance is never excusable.
  • Clarify questions. Be sure you answered the questions the employer really asked.
  • Get the interviewer to describe the position and responsibilities early in the conversation so you can relate your skills and your background to the position throughout the interview.
  • Discuss your qualifications. Stress the accomplishments that are most pertinent to the job.
  • Conduct yourself professionally. Be aware of what your body language is saying. Smile, make eye contact, don’t slouch, and maintain your composure.
  • Anticipate difficult questions, and prepare in advance so you can turn apparent weaknesses into strengths.
  • Dress appropriately. Make your first impression a professional one.
  • Ask questions throughout the interview. An interview should be a mutual exchange of information, not a one-sided conversation.
  • Listen. This is probably the most important skill of all. By concentrating not only on the employer’s words, but also on the tone of his or her voice and body language, you will be able to pick up on the employer’s style. Once you understand how a hiring authority thinks, pattern your answers accordingly. You will be able to relate better to him or to her.
Don'ts
  • Don't answer vague questions. Rather than answering questions you think you hear, get the employer to be more specific and then respond.
  • Never interrupt the employer. If you don't have time to listen, neither does he/she.
  • Don't smoke, chew gum or place anything on the employers desk.
  • Don't be overly familiar, even if the employer is doing all of these things.
  • Don't wear heavy perfume or cologne.
  • Don't ramble. Long answers often make the speaker sound apologetic or indecisive.
  • On the other hand, don't answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no." Explain whenever possible.
  • Don't lie. Answer questions as truthfully as possible.
  • Do not make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers or companies.
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