Interview Do's and Don'ts
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.