Most of the time, job interviews can be nerve-racking. But it doesn’t have to be. As long as you know the do’s and don’ts before, during and after an interview, you can handle your nerves and focus on convincing your interviewer why you’re the best candidate for the job.
Here’s a list of job interview do’s and don’ts for you to follow.
DO research about the company that interests you. You make a good impression on the day of your interview when you show knowledge and interest about the company.
DO request the name of your interviewer, if and when possible.
DO inquire about the location of the interview location, including the floor, building and office number.
DO check around the interview location for a place to park.
DO take a practice run to the interview location, preferably at the same time you would be traveling on the day of the actual interview. Be sure you know exactly where the employer’s location is.
DO turn off your phone.
DO make sure all your files are ready (copy of the job description, extra resumes, your personal business cards, and job skills portfolio).
DON’T wear too much perfume and make sure your attire is smart.
DON’T be late. Arrive 10 or 15 minutes before the set interview time.
If ever you turn up late, DO inform your interviewer through call
DO show interest in the company by asking appropriate and intelligent questions about the job, the employer, or the industry (that’s why you need to do your research before the interview).
DO dress smart. Nothing flashy. Choose neat formals.
DO greet the receptionist and other staff members.
DO maintain consistency in your job application with your LinkedIn profile and resume.
When shaking hands, DO maintain eye contact and keep hands firm, warm, and sweat free. (Note: DO bring hand sanitizer and paper towels, if you tend to get clammy hands.)
DO keep your hands calm.
DO bring a notepad (for writing down notes about the details of your job).
DON’T use weak words. Be confident in your capabilities.
DON’T sell yourself short. Think of yourself as a salesperson and the product is you and your skills and experience.
DOwait until you are offered a chair before sitting.
DON’T read your resume. Have an actual conversation with the interviewer.
DO watch your posture.
DON’T cross your arms.
DON’T ask the interviewers personal questions.
DO ask yourquestions to determine if the company will be a good place for you to work, and if the job will be a good fit for you.
DON’T use slang words, poor grammar, or bad language. Maintain professionalism.
DON’T pause words (example: “like,” “uh,” and “um”). Think of what you’ll say before you say it.
DON’T lie to your interviewer. Be honest. The truth always has a way of revealing itself.
DON’T over-answer questions.
DON’T get emotional.
DO maintain eye contact with your interviewer.
DO answer the interviewer’s questions with points and examples.
DO close the interview by telling the interviewer that you’re very interested in the job.
DO clarify if they have questions about your qualifications.
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