Interview Dos and Donts

 

Do

Dont

Start preparing early.

Wait until the last minute.

Do your research. Learn as much as you can about the company and the interviewers.

Go in knowing nothing about the industry or

the position for which youre interviewing.

Be prepared. Anticipate likely interview questions and plan your answers. Rehearse! Practice makes perfect.

Be caught off guard. A lack of preparation

makes you seem like you dont want the job.

 

Make a good first impression. Show up early and looking well dressed and well rested. Follow the Dress for Success rules!

 

Arrive late or looking disheveled. Wear plenty of jewelry and distracting accessories.

Practice everything from your handshake to your introduction. Make sure your handshake is sturdy and assertive.

Fumble for words or sound unsure of yourself

because you havent rehearsed.

Answer questions completely and honestly. Paint yourself in the best light, but remain humble and brief. Elaborate and give examples.

Exaggerate or lie about your accomplishments. Droning on about your achievements can make you look phony.

Remain polite, respectful, and positive.

Badmouth former employers or complain

about prior jobs youve held.

Have educated questions for the interviewers.

Ask questions for the sake of asking, or ask something you could have found out on your own.

Follow up with a thank-you note or email after the interview and an email later if you havent heard from them.

 

Hound the hiring manager, as it could hurt your chances.