Interview Do's and Don'ts

Tips

  • A nice appearance works well.
  • Deodorant is great but go easy on the perfume or aftershave.
  • First impressions count. How is the hair today and are your shoes clean? Too much make-up can be distracting.
  • Pay attention to posture; it counts big time.

Do

  • Dress like other people who work at the company.
  • Go to the interview alone.
  • Be on time or a few minutes early.
  • Shake hands firmly with the interviewer and smile. A limp or overpowering handshake can be a problem.
  • Be yourself and be honest.
  • Listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying.
  • Take time to collect your thoughts before answering questions.
  • Speak clearly and use good grammar.
  • Talk about the skills you have developed that will help you do the job.
  • Be prepared to ask questions.
  • Maintain good eye contact throughout the interview.
  • At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer, shake hands and ask when you might hear from him/her.

Don’t

  • Wear a hat, a T-shirt with band names or words on it, shorts, or jeans that are too tight or baggy.
  • Cross your legs, fold your arms or touch your face or hair. Body language signals could indicate a negative attitude, boredom or doubt.
  • Try too hard or lead the interview.
  • Speak about a former employer in negative terms. This point cannot be emphasized enough.
  • Chew gum.
  • Wear excessive jewelry, or display piercing/tattoos.
  • Ask about salary, vacations, or promotions until after you receive a job offer.
  • Hang around talking with people you may know at the worksite after the interview is over.