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39 Steps of Job Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on August 18, 2010

  • Do take a practice run to the location where you are having the interview be sure you know exactly where it is and how long it takes to get there.
  • Do prepare and practice for the interview, but don’t memorize or over-rehearse your answers.
  • Do dress the part for the job, the company, the industry. And do err on the side of conservatism.
  • Do plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable . If you are running late, do phone the company.
  • Do greet the receptionist or assistant with courstey and respect. This is where you make your first impression.
  • Don’t chew gum during the interview.
  • Do fill out an application neatly, completely, accurately.
  • Do bring extra resumes to the interview.
  • Don’t rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you. No matter how qualified you are for the position, you will need to sell yourself to the interviewer.
  • Do greet the interviewer by title ( Ms. , Mr. , Dr.) and  the last name if you are sure of the pronunciations. ( If you are not sure , do ask the receptionist  about the pronunciation before going into the  interview).
  • Do shake hands firmly. Don’t have a limp or clammy handshake!
  • Do wait until  you are offered a chair before sitting . And do remember body language and posture: sit upright and look alert and interested at all times. Don;t fidget or slouch.
  • Don’t tell jokes during the interview.
  •  Do make good eye contact with your interviewer(s).
  • Do show enthusiasm in the position and the company.
  •  Don’t smoke beforehand so that you smell like smoke. And do brush your teeth, use mouthwash, or have  breath mint before the interview.
  • Do avoid using poor language , slang , and pause words ( such as like , uh, and um).
  •  Don’t be soft-spoken. A forceful voice project  confidence.
  • Do have high confidence and energy level, but don’t be overly aggressive.
  • Don’t act as though you would take any job or are desperate for employment.
  • Do avoid controversial topics.
  • Don’t say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.
  • Do make sure that your good points come across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner.
  • Don’t ever lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and succinctly. And don’t over-answer questions.
  • Do stress your achievements . And don’t offer any negative informatin about yourslef.
  •  Don’t answer questions with a simple “yes” or ” no”. Explaining whenever posible. Describe those things about yourself tha showcase your talents, skills an determination. Give examples.
  • Do show off the research you have done on the company  and  industry when responding to questions.
  •  Don’t bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems.
  •  Do remember that the interview is also an important time for you to evaluate the inter interviewer and the company she represents.
  • Do always conduct yourself  as if you are determined to get the job you  are discussing. Never close the door on an opportunity until you are sure about it.
  • Don’t answer cell phone calls during the interview, and do turn  off ( or set to silent ) your cell phone and /or pager.
  •  Do show what you can do for the company rather than what the company can do for you.
  • Don’t inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses , retirement , or other benefits until after you’ve received an offer. Be prepared for a question about your salary requirements, but do try to delay salary talk until you have an offer.
  • Do ask intelligent questions about the job, the company, or industry. Don’t ever not ask ay questions – it shows a lack of interest.
  • Do close the interview by telling the interviewer(s) that you want the job an asking about the next step in the process.
  • Do try to get business cards from each person you interviewed with or at least the correct spelling of their first and last names. And don’t make assumptions about simple names was it Jon or John- get the spelling.
  • Do immediately take down notes after the interview concludes so you don’t forget crucial details.
  • Do write thank you letters with on 24 hours to each person who interview you.

Reprinted with permission  from copyrighted material used in Employment  Training class at Connections for Success.


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