job interviewing: dos and don'ts

Posted : May 3, 2004
Last Updated : June 5, 2014
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job interviewing: dos and don'ts

Interviewing skills are crucial when trying to obtain employment. If the interview doesn't go well, then an employer may be inclined to hire someone else. To hone up on your job interviewing techniques, keep the following dos and don'ts in mind.

Dos

  • Do research on the company so you will be prepared to answer any questions about its history or business.
  • Do practice interviewing before the actual interview. Enlist a friend for help.
  • Do dress appropriately. See what men and women should wear to a job interview. 
  • Do bring extra copies of your resume.
  • Do arrive early. Preferably 10 to 15 minutes prior to the interview start time.
  • Do greet the interviewer by title (Ms., Mr., Dr.) and last name.
  • Do shake hands firmly.
  • Do make eye contact with your interviewer.
  • Do wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. 
  • Do be aware of body language. Maintain good posture and look enthusiastic.
  • Do give qualitative answers to questions.
  • Do ask for clarification if you don't understand a question.
  • Do emphasize your strengths.
  • Do ask questions. This will display your interest in the position.
  • Do be honest.
  • Do listen carefully.
  • Do close the interview positively. Don't forget to let him or her know that you look forward to hearing from the company soon.
  • Do get business cards from each person with whom you interviewed.
  • Do write a thank-you letter to your interviewer(s) promptly.

Don'ts

  • Don't be late.
  • Don't chew gum or smoke during the interview.
  • Don't wear heavy perfume or cologne.
  • Don't dress casual.
  • Don't have a limp or clammy handshake.
  • Don't tell jokes during the interview.
  • Don't be soft-spoken. Confidence is key.
  • Don't answer questions with a "yes" or "no." Give examples.
  • Don't rely only on your resume or cover letter to do the selling for you.
  • Don't bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems.
  • Don't answer your cell phone or reply to text messages. Turn it off.
  • Don't make negative comments about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.
  • Don't interrupt the interviewer.
  • Don't falsify your answers to interview questions.
  • Don't be discouraged if no definite offer is made at the end of the interview.

While your resume will get you the job interview, the interview is what will get you the job. Make sure your interviewing skills are impressive.


 

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