You may already be aware of many of the "do's and don'ts" listed below. However, it is important to remind yourself of the following information prior to every interview that you have. By following through on the following do's and don'ts, you will maximize your potential to present yourself well in the interview and be selected for the job.

"DO'S"

  • Do greet the interviewer by Mr. or Ms. and his/her last name...
    • Let the interviewer take the lead in giving you permission to call him or her by first name. Smile, shake hands firmly, look the employer in the eye when talking to him/her, and watch your body posture so you appear to be comfortable and confident.
  • Do listen carefully so that your answers and comments are succinct and appropriate...
    • Ask for clarification if you don't understand a question you are asked. Pause before answering questions. Give yourself a chance to mentally compose your answers. Unless otherwise asked, discuss matters related to the job only.
  • Do give concrete examples to back up your "selling points"...
    • For example, instead of saying that you are skilled at developing new merchandising strategies, state, "I developed a new merchandising strategy that resulted in $21,000 additional profit."
  • Do assertively express your strengths and accomplishments...
    • Translate your skills so the employer can see how you can meet his/her needs. You serve the interviewer best by giving him or her an accurate picture of your capabilities. Stress your qualifications and interest in the job.
  • Do speak in a confident, enthusiastic tone of voice.
  • Do ask well thought-out and relevant questions...
    • Find out when you can expect to receive a call or when you may call back the employer regarding his/her decision.

"DON'TS"

  • Don’t be late...
    • Do arrive about 10 minutes prior to your interview time.
  • Don’t use slang, dominate the conversation, or argue...
    • Avoid being critical or negative (e.g., regarding a former employer or co-worker). The prospective employer may then be concerned that you are a negative person and/or that you will talk this way about their company, as well.
  • Don’t evade questions or be afraid to ask questions...
  • Don’t beg, boast or act desperate. Don’t be overeager or complain about anything. Don’t suggest that this job is a stepping stone.
  • Don't ask about salary, vacations, bonuses, benefits, insurance, sick pay, retirement...
    • Wait until the employer brings up these items for discussion and/or you are offered the job.
  • Don’t go into too much detail...
    • 60 second responses are generally about right. Don’t race through your answers--take your time.

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