Interview Do's And Don'ts

  • Do arrive 10-15 minutes early. Allow time for unforeseen problems such as traffic, flat tire, etc.

  • Dress for success. Dress one notch higher than the average manager. If they are wearing a coat and tie; wear a suit.

  • Conduct yourself professionally and greet your interviewer(s) with a smile and a firm handshake.

  • Remember body language.

  • Make eye contact.

  • Ask questions throughout the interview, but don’t interrupt.

  • Anticipate tough questions.

  • Listen.

  • Don’t smoke or chew gum.

  • No heavy makeup or perfume/cologne.

  • Don’t be chatty. Answer questions with complete sentences and never answer with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Explain wherever possible.

  • Don’t make negative comments about past or present employers.

  • Thank the interviewer for their time and consideration.

  • Send a thank you card within 24 hours.

Interview Techniques

Before you go to any interview, you need to know as much about the company and the position as you possibly can. In addition to our knowledge of our client, we strongly suggest that you research the company’s web site.

Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer.

Here are some sample questions:

  • To succeed in this position do you anticipate any obstacles?

  • What opportunities are there for growth?

  • What is the most important task the person in this position needs to accomplish?

And while no one can predict exact questions that the interviewer will ask, you can be prepared.

Here are some sample questions that may be asked and some advice your answers:

  • “Tell me about yourself.” Keep your answer in the professional realm. Include your education, your experience, and your accomplishments. Now is not the time to discuss your personal life.

  • “What do you know about our organization?” If you’ve done your research, you can answer this one easily. Always reflect positive answers.

  • "Is there anything going on in your personal or professional life that would prevent you from accepting this position if offered within the next two to four weeks."

  • “Why are you interested in working for us?” Express how you feel your background and qualifications match the requirements for the position.

  • “What are your most significant accomplishments in your career?” Choose recent accomplishments that relate to this position.

  • “What are your salary expectations?” Avoid this question if you can. But if you can’t, stress to the interviewer that while salary is important, the opportunity is more important.