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

Don't let nerves get the better of you. Feel confident in an interview by following our tips. 


An individual holds their resume up, while sitting across the table from two interviewers

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

The Dos:

  1. Be early. 10-15 minutes early is ideal.
  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 get started.

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." Yes, 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.

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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