What to Do (or not) in a Job Interview
Before walking into an interview, you should brush up on what you should or should not say throughout the entire interviewing process.
- Do study the company’s website before speaking with representatives of the company.
- Do show up to your interview about 5 to 10 minutes early. You do not want to be there too early or much worse, too late.
- Do leave early for the interview, ensuring that you have enough time to arrive on time, relax and get your mind in order before walking into the reception room of the interview.
- Do dress yourself appropriately for your interview. Men should wear a suit and tie and women can where a skirt or pant suit.
- Do keep your jacket on unless you are invited to take it off.
- Do stand up if the interviewer enters the room while you are seated. It is rather rude to stay seated.
- Do make sure that the interviewer sits before you do as it is rude to take a seat before he/she does.
- Do stay polite and positive throughout the whole interview regardless what happens.
- Do shake hands firmly with the interviewer and look affirmatively into his/her eyes.
- Do offer your business card to the interviewer even if he/she already has your CV.
- Do not fiddle around with the interviewer’s business card or any other object on the interviewer’s desk. Any material provided to you should be placed on the interviewer’s desk.
- Do not smoke at any time before, during or after the interview.
- Do throw out your chewing gum before the interview.
- Do turn off your mobile phone for the duration of the interview.
- Do not complain or disrespect your previous work company.
- Do show interest and enthusiasm for working for the new company.
- Do not come off as overly confident or ambitious.
- Do show your yearning to succeed in life.
- Do not be overly aggressive or defensive.
- Do be proud of yourself and your accomplishments in your field.
- Do not respond to questions with a one word answer like yes or no – always develop your answers.
- Do keep your responses under 2 minutes each.
- Do inquire about the company and the position you are applying for.
- Do avoid asking about salary and holidays until at least the second interview.
- Do thank the interviewer for their consideration and time.
- Do shake the interviewer’s hand before leaving the interview.