Interview Dos & Don’ts
INTERVIEW DOS & DONTS
- Dress appropriately for the industry; on the side of being conservative to show you take the interview seriously. Your personal grooming and cleanliness should be impeccable.
- Know the exact time and location of your interview; know how long it takes to get there, park, find a place to freshen up, etc.
- Arrive early; 10 minutes prior to the interview start time.
- Treat all people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions of you might be solicited during the recruitment process.
- Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer.
- Listen to be sure you understand your interviewer’s name and the correct pronunciation.
- Maintain good eye contact during the interview and remember it is a formal occasion.
- Sit still in your seat; avoid fidgeting and slouching.
- Respond to questions and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples whenever possible.
- Do focus on your positive characteristics and strengths and qualifications for the job. Do not criticize yourself.
- Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question.
- Be thorough in your responses, while being concise in your wording.
- Be honest and be yourself — your best professional self. Dishonesty gets discovered and is grounds for withdrawing job offers and for dismissal. You want a good match between yourself and your employer. If you get hired by acting like someone other than yourself, you and your employer will both be unhappy.
- Treat the interview seriously and as though you are truly interested in the employer and the opportunity presented.
- Exhibit a positive attitude. The interviewer is evaluating you as a potential co-worker. Behave like someone you would want to work with.
- Have intelligent questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Having done your research about the employer in advance, ask questions which you did not find answered in your research.
- Evaluate the interviewer and the organization s/he represents. An interview is a two-way street. Conduct yourself cordially and respectfully, while thinking critically about the way you are treated and the values and priorities of the organization.
- Make sure you understand the employer’s next step in the hiring process; know when and from whom you should expect to hear next.
- Know what action you are expected to take next, if any you could check here.
- When the interviewer concludes the interview, offer a firm handshake and make eye contact. Depart gracefully.
- After the interview, make notes right away so you don’t forget critical details.
- Write a thank-you email to your interviewer promptly.
- Don’t make excuses. Take responsibility for your decisions and your actions.
- Don’t make negative comments about previous employers or others you have worked with.
- Don’t falsify application materials or answers to interview questions.
- Don’t make negative statements about yourself. Don’t make apologies or talk about what you don’t have in your background. Focus on the positive.
- Don’t treat the interview casually, as if you are just shopping around or doing the interview for practice. This is an insult to the interviewer and to the organization.