When the phone rings and you’re told you have an interview it’s an exciting time.
It’s a good idea to have a good handle on job interview dos and don’ts if you want to ace the interview.
Let’s have a look at what’s good and bad for interviews.
Tips for a Good Interview: Job Interview Do’s
Here are some key do’s to a successful job interview:
- Do your research – Know what type of interview you can expect to be facing and then prepare yourself by practicing.
- Know where your interview will be held – Take a drive, bus, subway, etc. to where the interview will be held so that you can determine how to get there and how long it takes to get there.
- Do dress in business attire – Even for the most casual job interview you should dress in business attire. For interviews with banks, accounting firms, and other similar companies dress conservative business attire.
- Do arrive early – If you arrive late (even by a few minutes) you can forget about getting the job. It’s a good idea to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early.
- First impressions – Greet everyone from the receptionist through to the interviewer with respect.
- Do bring extra resumes – Also bring along copies of your letters of recommendation.
- Greet the interviewer(s) by their appropriate title – Dr., Mr., Mrs., Ms. If you are not sure ask someone, such as the receptionist.
- Do wait to be seated – Stand straight, pay attention to your body language, and wait to be offered a seat.
- Make good eye contact with the interviewer.
- Have a firm handshake.
- Look enthusiastic.
- Do show a high level of confidence and energy.
- Do stress your achievements, skills, and accomplishments.
- Do take a few minutes to evaluate the interviewer. – This can tell you a lot about the persons interviewing you.
- Do show what you can do for the company – Every opportunity you get show the interviewer how and what you can do for the company.
- Ask intelligent questions about the job.
- Take plenty of notes during the interview.
- Do tell the truth – It’s much better to be honest right away rather than stretching the truth and having it come back on you.
These are the tips for a good job interview. Let’s review some don‘ts.
Good Tips for Interviews: Job Interview Don’ts
Just as there are things you should do for a successful interview outcome, there are interview don’ts that you should be aware of. Let’s have a look.
- Don’t say negative things about former supervisors, colleges, or employers.
- Never answer a simple “yes” or “no” – Give an answer that is explanatory.
- Don’t smoke – Avoid smoking before your interview. Make sure to have fresh breath for your interview.
- Don’t speak quietly – Rather than being soft spoken speak with authority and confidence.
- Don’t chew gum.
- Don’t be too open – You should not talk about family or personal problems.
- Don’t leave your cell phone on – Turn off cell phones and pagers. Don’t answer texts or calls.
- Don’t tell jokes.
There you have it – the interview dos and don’ts that can keep you on the interview short list.
“To do or to don’t that is the interview question.”