The Do’s and Don’ts of a Job Interview
Job interviews can be an intimidating and nerve-racking experience, but they are necessary and it’s inevitable that we will go through them. How you represent yourself at an interview with a potential employer could very well make or break you. Here are some helpful Do’s and Don’ts to ensure you have a successful interview.
Make eye contact – This is a sign of confidence and respect.
Research – This shows you are prepared and genuinely care about your position with the company.
Be clear and concise – Your answers should be straight to the point.
Smile – Behind eye contact, smiling is the most important physical aspect of an interview.
Dress appropriately – Remember, you can’t redo a first impression.
Sit up straight – Good posture makes you appear confident.
Brush your teeth and shower – Proper hygiene is an absolute must!
Practice – Come in prepared and have your responses memorized when answering general questions.
Make Demands – You are in no position to make a demand.
Leave your phone on – If your phone were to happen to go off, the interviewer may feel disrespected by your lack of professionalism.
Show up late – This would be considered career suicide. You should always arrive at least 10 minutes early to the interview.
Chew gum or candy – You should have nothing in your mouth.
Swear – Any use of profanity during an interview should be strictly prohibited.
Interrupt – Not only is it rude, but it shows you are not listening.
Wear cologne or presume – Several workplaces are now scent free.
Speak ill of your previous employer – Criticizing your former employer shows a general lack of loyalty. If pressured to answer, be honest yet respectful of your previous situation.
Whether you would like to admit or not, you are a brand. How properly you treat this brand may be the difference between landing an incredible position or heading home empty-handed. The choice is entirely up to you.