interviews do and donts

Interviews Dos And Donts

Having a interview lined up, be prepared to give your best


  • 1. Be prepared.

    Come prepared with as much information about the company and industry as possible. Prepare questions of your own. Good job candidates want to know that the company to which they are applying is a good personal fit as well.

  • 2. Be confident.

    Begin introductions with a firm but not overpowering handshake. No one likes having their hand put in a vice.

  • 3. Be engaging.

    Make eye contact often—a must. It shows confidence and connects you with the interview. Remember the interviewer's name, and use it during the interview to stay engaged.

  • 4. Be careful.

    Think before you speak! This might be the only chance you get to convince a prospective employer that you are the right person for the job. Your answers during the interview are as important as the image you cast.

  • 5. Be outgoing.

    Don't underestimate the power of a personal connection. If you can connect with your interviewer in a personal way, they may think you would be an enjoyable person to have in the office or on the team.

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Finally, if the job is one you really want, follow up with a thank you note or email. This courteous gesture reconfirms your interest in the position and puts your name back in your prospective boss's mind.


Many people lose out to other job seekers for one or more of the following:

  • 1. Don't be late.

    Arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for possible delay and use the extra time to freshen up for the interview if you have arrived early.

  • 2. Don't be pushy about salary.

    Don't place a large emphasis on salary. The salary will only be discussed if and when the employer is sold on you as a candidate.

  • 3. Don't talk too much.

    Answer questions fluently and concisely, but give interviewers the opportunity to interrupt as needed.

  • 4. Don't exaggerate.

    Stick to the abilities you have, not those you wish you had. Be honest about your experience, emphasizing the positive, yet sticking with the truth.

  • 5. Don't over or underdress.

    You should determine beforehand if you should wear a business suit, or if a more business casual look is appropriate.