Interview Tips

Interview Do’s and Dont’s

  • Plan to arrive a few minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
  • When presented with an application, FILL IT OUT NEATLY AND COMPLETELY
  • Don’t rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you. Interviewers will want you to speak for yourself.
  • Greet the interviewer by last name if you are sure of the pronunciation. If not, ask the employer to repeat it.
  • Give the appearance of energy as you walk.
  • Smile! Shake hands firmly. Be genuinely glad to meet the interviewer.
  • Wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright, look alert and interested at all times.
  • Be a good listener as well as a good communicator.
  • Look a prospective employer in the eye while speaking.
  • Mirror the interviewer’s leads, but try to get the interviewer to describe the position and the duties to you early in the interview so that you can apply your background, skills and accomplishments to the position.
  • Make sure that your good points come across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner.
  • Conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing.
  • Never close the door on an opportunity.
  • Show enthusiasm. If you are interested in the opportunity, enthusiastic feedback can enhance your chances of being further considered. If you are not interested, your responsiveness will still demonstrate your professionalism.
  • Bring several copies of your resume!
  • Don’t smoke right before the interview and do not chew gum.
  • Do not answer with a simple “yes” or “no.” Explain whenever possible.
  • Describe the things about yourself that relate to the situation.
  • Answer questions truthfully, frankly and succinctly.
  • If asked, briefly explain your reason for leaving your last employer
  • Do not over-answer questions.
  • Do not inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, etc., on the initial interview. If the interviewer asks what salary you want, indicate what you’ve earned but that you’re more interested in opportunity than in a specific salary.