Do you know the job interview Do’s and Don’ts?

You could have guessed that there is a right and a wrong way to behave during an interview. Yet, we see many people struggle through. Learn the job interview do and don’ts and you’ll leave a lasting impression.

Do you know the job interview Do’s and Don’ts?

The Do’s:

  1. Be early. At least 15 minutes early.
  2. Be enthusiastic. About the position, company and yourself.
  3. Ask specific questions. An interview isn't a one-way street. Asking informed questions shows you're interested.
  4. Stress your achievements and accomplishments. This is your time to brag a little. Just make sure you are self-aware and do it with humility. Talk about instances where your former employer gave you more responsibility or trust.
  5. Tell your potential employer what you'll do for them. Ask about their specific challenges and tell them how your experience prepares you to address them.
  6. Counter your weaknesses with your strengths. You’ll have to identify your weaknesses. Know them going in, but always counter with a solution.
  7. Represent yourself honestly. Be you and talk about what makes you unique.
  8. Be organized. Know the key points you want to make. Bring a list if you have to.
  9. Be positive about your reason for leaving any current or previous job. The key word to remember is "more". You want more challenges, responsibilities and opportunities —you're a go-getter! If you were let go, be honest and emphasize what you learned from the experience. Avoid talking about feelings, and stick to the facts.
  10. Make the job you’re interviewing for #1. Let the interviewer know it's your first choice and that you can't wait to help.

The Don’ts:

There are number of reasons companies don’t hire candidates—even qualified candidates.

  1. Don’t be late. Just don’t.
  2. Don't answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no." Yeah, it's good to be concise, but sell yourself by using clear, relevant examples.
  3. Don’t forget to ask questions. Make sure they’re detailed questions about the position that show that you did your homework.
  4. Don't make derogatory remarks about previous or present employers. Don't go there. Ever.
  5. Don’t misrepresent your experience. Make sure you provide factual information about your work history and your skills.
  6. Don’t neglect your personal appearance. See our "Dress for success" section in this guide, or talk to your recruiter.
  7. Don’t seem uninterested, indifferent, lazy or bored. Employers want to see some self-confidence and enthusiasm about the job. Also, maintain good eye contact and give a firm handshake.
  8. Don’t forget to say "Thank you." It’s really important. Remember, manners.

How to prepare for a phone interview?

A lot of times, a phone interview is the first step, so you should take them just as seriously. Here are some tips:

  • Be on time. Work with your recruiter to set up a specific time for the call.
  • Record a courteous and professional voicemail.
  • Use a high quality phone in a quiet spot with good reception and no potential interruptions. Don't try to drive and interview at the same time!
  • If you have a bad connection, offer to call them back with a better spot.
  • Stay focused! Turn off anything that may be a distraction.
  • NEVER interrupt your interview call for another call that's "beeping in." Ever.
  • Be prepared and organized with notes about the company, the position and yourself.

Again, don't take a phone interview lightly. Think of it like the first step in a two-part tryout. If you make the cut, the next step is an in-person interview.

Last but not least, if your phone interview goes well, ask to set up an in-person interview before hanging up. Even if they don't schedule one on the spot, they'll still appreciate you being proactive.

CTA: Want a more in-depth look at preparing for an interview? Well, we’ve got you covered. Check out our series on preparing for and winning the interview.

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