Interviewing

What to Do

  • Know the exact time, date and location of the interview prior to the interview day
  • Arrive to the interview 10-15 Minutes early
  • Wear a suit unless the employer has instructed you to wear something specific.
  • Demonstrate good posture sit up straight and make eye contact ; sit still be mindful of fidgeting
  • Speak and answer questions clearly
  • Research the company prior to arriving to the interview
  • Always shake hands before and after an interview; be mindful of how firm to shake an interviewers hand moderation is important
  • Greet the person who is interviewing you formally (Ms., Mr., Dr.) until the interviewer invites you otherwise
  • Listen carefully to the person(s) name and correct pronunciation
  • Ask for clarification if you do not understand a question
  • Take your time when answering questions if you need to take a brief pause to think about the question do so no more than 5 seconds
  • Keep your answers focused on employment
  • Sell yourself and experience in a positive way no one else can sell you.
  • Have a good attitude when you go for an interview. Employers want to see what type of coworker you would be. Think about the type of coworker you would want
  • Treat people you encounter going into the interview with respect; their opinion of you might be solicited in the hiring decision
  • Be honest and be yourself
  • Be able to speak to your resume
  • Ask questions at the end of the interview
  • Write a thank you letter promptly after the interview
  • Leave your cell phone in the car
  • Practice good hygiene

Don’t

  • Ask questions about salary or vacation time
  • Slouch or fidget
  • Bring your cell phone
  • Use slang or foul language
  • Arrive at an interview late
  • Call the interviewer by their first name
  • Wear perfume, cologne or smell of smoke or any other odors
  • Avoid speaking about personal issues
  • Avoid lying about your experiences… Interviewers can read right through it
  • Criticize former employer or employees
  • Take the interview casually it can be insulting to the interviewer and organization
  • Bring parents, friends, or pets to an interview
  • Show interest in a job because of its geographical location
  • Lie on your job application or resume