She Wants to Know Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts

Joan writes:
I could not find anything specific to interviewing do’s and don’ts on your site. Can you help?

The Career Doctor responds:
Interviewing is perhaps the most critical point in job-hunting
where the job-seeker has to use persuasive communications skills to
show that s/he is the perfect candidate for the position. And we have
quite a lot of information and resources on interviewing. But because
you asked here are just a few of the most critical do’s and don’ts of interviewing:

  • Do your research and know the type of job interview you will be encountering.
  • And do prepare and practice for the interview but don’t memorize or over-rehearse your answers.

  • Do dress the part for the job the company the industry. And do err on the side
    of conservatism.
  • Do plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never
    excusable. If you are running late do phone the company.
  • Do greet the receptionist or assistant with courtesy and respect. This is where
    you make your first impression.
  • Do bring extra resumes to the interview. (Even better if you have a career portfolio do bring that with you to the interview.)
  • Don’t rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you. No matter
    how qualified you are for the position you will need to sell yourself to the interviewer.
  • Do greet the interviewer(s) by title (Ms. Mr. Dr.) and last name if you are
    sure of the pronunciation. (If you’re not sure do ask the receptionist about the pronunciation
    before going into the interview.
  • Doshake hands firmly. Don’t have a limp or clammy handshake!
  • Do have a high confidence and energy level but don’t be overly aggressive.
  • Don’t act as though you would take any job or are desperate for employment.
  • Don’t say anything negative about former colleagues supervisors or employers.

Read more Interviewing
Do’s and Don’ts
— and find lots more tools and resources about job interviewing in this
section of Quintessential Careers: Guide
to Job Interviewing Resources
And don’t forget that we DO have a Job
Interviewing Tutorial for Job-Seekers
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