Crush the Interview with these DO’s and DON’Ts

Barry talking with staff members

DO:

  • Bring a few printed copies of your resume. I have attached the version that was submitted.
  • Greet the interviewer(s) by title (Ms. Mrs. Mr. Dr. Etc.) and last name. If you are unsure of pronunciation or title, ask the receptionist.
  • Remember that body language is being communicated. Sit upright and look alert/interested at all times. Try not to fidget or slouch.
  • Show enthusiasm about the position you are interviewing for.
  • Avoid using poor language and pause words such as “um”, “like”, and “uh.”
  • Answer questions with practical examples and not theoretically. If you have done it, then talk about that project specifically. So, make sure to think back through all the projects that you have worked on over the years the night before.
  • Stress your achievements.
  • Ask intelligent and well-informed questions that show your interest and research.
  • Close the interview by telling the interviewer(s) that you want the job and asking about next steps in the process.

 

DO NOT:

  • Chew gum.
  • Rely on your 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.
  • Talk badly about previous employers, no matter how lousy your experience may have been.
  • Smoke before going in.
  • Lie about an answer. Be truthful, frank, and succinct.
  • Answer with simple yes or no. Explain whenever possible. Describe those things about yourself that showcase your talents, skills, and determination.
  • Offer any negative information about yourself.
  • Bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems.
  • Answer your phone during an interview. (Best to turn it off.)

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