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Interview Do's and Don'ts


Interview Do's…

  • Do a practice run or mock interview before the real employer interview
  • Do research the company: know who they are, what they do and how they do it
  • Do dress for the job
  • Do arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the interview time – get specific directions
  • Do know the name of the person who is interviewing you
  • Do know what job you are being interviewed for
  • Do take copies of your resume, your letter and your reference page
  • Do accentuate the positive – and BE POSITIVE!
  • Do shake the employers' hand
  • Do provide specific work examples and facts

Interview Don'ts…

  • Don't be late – shows lack of pre-planning
  • Don't chew gum, smoke, or wear strong perfumes or colognes
  • Don't avoid eye contact with the interviewer
  • Don't answer your questions with merely a “yes” or “no”
  • Don't talk with your hands
  • Don't argue with the interviewer
  • Don't begin your answer with “I already told you that”…or “As I said earlier”
  • Don't be quick to answer
  • Don't take your cell phone in the interview – leave it in the car or at home
  • Don't rely on your cover letter and resume to do the selling – you need to sell yourself!

 

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