Interview Do's and Don'ts

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Interview Do’s and Don’ts

An employer's first impression of you can make a tremendous difference in the hiring decision. The way you present yourself matters - make sure to make it work in your favor! Have a look at our quick "do" and "don't" guide:



PRACTICE everything! Prepare your elevator speech and review the most commonly-asked interview questions.

Be late.

Do your research on the company and position.

Chew gum.

Dress professional. Business suit highly recommended.

Bring up salary, benefits, and/or time off.

Have a firm handshake.

Seem desperate for the job.

Have good eye contact.

Smoke before the interview.

Bring extra copies of your resume.

Rely on your resume to speak for your skills.

Listen carefully to the question asked.

Talk about personal things.

Silence or turn your phone off.

Answer or look at your phone during the interview.

SELL YOUR SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS. You are your biggest marketing tool.

Ramble or stray off topic.

Evaluate the employer as well.

Discuss controversial topics.

Be confident! The more you practice, the more confident you will be.

Brag or be boastful.

Some Additional Rules of Interviewing:

  • Be honest.   Be Yourself!   Remain calm!
  • Keep your answers concise and articulate.
  • Include concrete quantifiable data.
  • Include your major strengths when possible as you answer the questions.
  • Most important:  Through your responses, be able to demonstrate “real world” understanding of the job
  • Prepare 3 or more success stories and provide relevant experience as examples.
  • Relate your responses to the job functions.
  • Visualize yourself as part of their team.
  • Understand that a professional image is as important as content.
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Understand that depts. within the same organization place varying levels of importance on different skills, depending on their needs
  • Maintain conversational flow.
  • Keep an interviewing journal for reference.

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