Interviewing: TheDo’s and Don’t’s

You will go on numerous interviews throughout your lifetime, and for each and every one, there are certain tips you should follow. Every interview will be different in its own way. Every hiring manager will ask different questions. Every interviewer will have a different personality. However, there are certain things that every potential employer is looking for, and you need to showcase those specific aspects during the meeting. Likewise, there are certain things that need to be avoided at all costs in order to make the best first impression. By following the subsequent tips, you will be in a great position to land the job of your dreams.

The Do’s

Here are some tips you should absolutely abide by in your interview:

  • Do perform plenty of research on the company beforehand.

    • Do prepare answers to common interview questions.
  • Do have several questions ready to ask the interviewer at the end of the meeting.

    • Do get a good night’s rest.
    • Do shower and brush your teeth before you go in.
  • Do dress appropriately and if you are unsure of how to dress, err on the side of caution and dress conservatively.

  • Do bring all relevant paperwork with you so that you can provide it if asked. This includes resume and list of references.

  • Do plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early (no more, no less).

  • Do phone ahead if you are going to be late so that you can reschedule the interview.

  • Do show respect toward the receptionist and everyone else you meet in the company. You never know if the interviewer is going to ask other people their opinion of what they thought of you.

    • Do give a firm handshake to the interviewer.
    • Do maintain eye contact throughout the interview
  • Do greet the interviewer by Mr. or Mrs. at first.

  • Do remember the importance of body language. You want to appear alert and attentive at all times.

  • Do show your confidence and enthusiasm for working with this company.

  • Do answer every question truthfully and ask questions of your own throughout the interview.

  • Do show the hiring manager what you are able to do for the company instead of what the company is able to do for you.

  • Do try to avoid talking about salary and benefits until you have a better idea of what the position entails or until you actually have an offer.

  • Do inquire at the end of the interview about what the next steps of the process are.

    • Do try to get business cards.
  • Do jot down notes so that you can remember important details.

  • Do send a thank you letter/email within 24 hours to everyone who interviewed you to thank them for their time and interest.

    Following these basic rules is a great way to make yourself stand apart from the other applicants by showing you have the greatest interest in getting the job.

    The Don’ts

    There are a lot of things you can do to showcase your skills and interest level, but there are also a large number of ways to completely tank an interview.

  • Don’t overly rehearse your answers so that it sounds like you are just listing your responses from memory.

    • Don’t dress inappropriately.
    • Don’t arrive late.
  • Don’t put on too much perfume or smoke beforehand. It is important to smell pleasant.

  • Don’t show up to your interview frazzled or stressed out. Before you walk in, take a moment to compose yourself.

    • Don’t chew gum during the interview.
  • Don’t address the hiring manager by first name unless you are told to do so.

    • Don’t give a limp, sweaty or clammy handshake.
  • Don’t fidget, slouch or yawn during your interview.

  • Don’t tell jokes (you never know what the interviewer’s sense of humor might be).

  • Don’t be aggressive, egotistical or dishonest during your interview.

  • Don’t say anything negative about previous places of employment.

  • Don’t say anything bad about yourself (always spin a weakness into a strength).

  • Don’t answer with a simple “no” or “yes” to any question.

    • Don’t look at your cell phone.
  • Don’t bring up salary, benefits or vacation time.

    • Don’t avoid asking any questions at the end.

    This may seem like a lot to remember, but most of it is pretty intuitive to how you would make a solid first impression. With the proper etiquette, solid responses and an upbeat attitude, you will nail every single interview you go in for.

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