Do's and Dont's of an Interview

Do's

  1. Do Gather all necessary and important information when you are invited to the interview
  2. Do know the type of job interview you will encounter.
  3. Do ask how long the interview is expected to take.
  4. Do search LinkedIn, and search Google (using the News filter) to discover as much as you can about the organization, its management, and even their competitors.
  5. Do dress appropriately. Your grooming and cleanliness should be appropriate for the job, the company, and the industry.
  6. Take a practice run to the interview location, preferably at the same time you would be traveling on the day of the actual interview.
  7. Know the exact time and location of your interview; You can use Google maps. Know how long it takes to get there, park, find a restroom to freshen up, etc.  Check the weather forecast and make the necessary arrangements in case of the interview being on a rainy day.
  8. Arrive early; 15 minutes before the interview start time or earlier if instructed so. If you are running late, Do phone the employer to let them know.
  9. Treat the receptionist or assistant and other staff members you encounter with courtesy and respect.
  10. Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer. (click here to know more on Body language)
  11. Listen to be sure you understand your interviewer's name and the correct pronunciation. If not you can ask them one more time casually to spell their name.
  12. Even when your interviewer gives you a first and last name, address your interviewer by title (Ms., Mr., Dr.) and last name, until invited to do otherwise.
  13. Maintain good eye contact during the interview.
  14. Sit still in your seat; avoid fidgeting and slouching.
  15. Do avoid using poor grammar, bad language, slang, and pause words (such as “like,” “uh,” and “um”).
  16. Respond to questions and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples whenever possible.
  17. Ask for clarification if you don't understand a question.
  18. Be thorough in your responses, while being concise in your wording. Keep it short and sweet.
  19. Be yourself — your best professional self.  Dishonesty gets discovered and is grounds for withdrawing job offers and for firing. You want a good match between yourself and your employer.
  20. Treat the interview seriously. Act as you are truly interested in the employer and the opportunity presented.
  21. Exhibit a positive attitude. The interviewer is evaluating you as a potential co-worker. Behave like someone you would want to work with.
  22. Do you have intelligent questions prepared to ask the interviewer? Having done your research about the employer in advance, ask questions that you did not find answered in your research.
  23. Evaluate the interviewer and the organization they represent. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Do close the interview by telling the interviewers that you’re very interested in the job (if that applies once the interview wraps), and ask if they have any concerns about your qualifications or fit for the job and the organization. Also inform the interviewers that if they think of additional questions at a later point, to reach out by phone or email.
  26. When the interviewer concludes the interview, offer a firm handshake and make eye contact. Depart gracefully.
  27. After the interview, make notes right away so you don't forget critical details.
  28. Write a thank-you letter within 24 hours to your interviewer.
  29. Do wait for a positive response from the interviewer.

Don'ts

  1. Don't be unprepared for the interview.
  2. Don't make excuses. Take responsibility for your decisions and your actions.
  3. Don't make negative comments about previous employers or professors or others.
  4. Don't treat the interview casually. This is an insult to the interviewer and  the organization.
  5. Don't give the impression that you are only interested in an organization because of its geographic location.
  6. Don't give the impression you are only interested in salary. Don't inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, or other benefits until you’ve received an offer or until the subject is brought up by the employer.
  7. Don't act as though you are desperate for employment.
  8. Don't be unprepared for typical interview questions.
  9. Don't answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no.” Explain whenever possible. Describe those things about yourself that showcase your relevant talents, skills, and determination. Give detailed examples of your accomplishments.
  10. Don't be soft-spoken. Speak clearly, and project confidence and preparation.
  11. Don't over-answer questions. Sharing too much information can be more damaging than not sharing enough. Be sure to answer the question asked, and then wait for the next question, or ask a question of your own.
  12. Don't tell jokes during the interview.
  13. Don't ask the interviewer`s personal questions.
  14. Don't exhibit frustrations of your job search or Visa processes. Don't show your negative attitude in an interview.
  15. Don't go to extremes with your posture; don't slouch, and don't sit rigidly on the edge of your chair. Don't cross legs. Don't sit with your arms crossed.
  16. Don't assume that a female interviewer is "Mrs." or "Miss." Address her as "Ms." unless told otherwise.
  17. Don't chew gum or smell like smoke.
  18. Don't allow your cell phone to sound during the interview. have your phone set to mute or turn it off. If it does, apologize quickly and ignore it. Don't take a cell phone call. Don't look at a text message.
  19. Don't take your parents, your pet (an assistance animal is not a pet in this circumstance), spouse, fiancé, friends, or anyone to an interview. If you are not grown up and independent enough to attend an interview alone, you're insufficiently grown up and independent for a job.

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