Acing the Interview: Top 15 Do’s and Dont’s
Having an exceptional resume is only a start. A great resume may get you an interview but it will not get you the job. Employers use resumes as a front-end screen of a candidate’s education, skills and experience to decide who they want to bring in to interview.
Landing the job comes from successfully interviewing. The goal of the interview is to show the hiring manager why you would be a good fit for their company and help them see that you are someone with who they would want to work. These interview tips are some basic rules of a job interview that can cast you in a favorable light and help you leave a strong impression.
- Do plan to arrive on time or a few minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
- If presented with an application, do 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.
- Do greet the interviewer by last name. Give the appearance of energy as you walk. Smile! Shake hands firmly. Be genuinely glad to meet the interviewer.
- Do 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.
- Do look a prospective employer in the eye while speaking.
- Do follow 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 speak to your background, skills and accomplishments as it relates to the position.
- Do make sure that your good points come across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner. Stress achievements. For example; sales records, processes developed, savings achieved, systems installed, etc.
- Do always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing. Never close the door on opportunity.
- Do 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.
- Don’t forget to bring a copy of your resume! Keep several copies in your briefcase or professional folder if you are afraid you will forget.
- Don’t smoke, even if the interviewer does and offers you a cigarette. Do not chew gum.
- Don’t answer with a simple “yes” or “no.” Explain whenever possible. Describe those things about yourself, which relate to the situation.
- Don’t lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and succinctly.
- Don’t make unnecessary derogatory remarks about your present or former employers. Obviously, there were issues or else you would not have left a prior company or be looking to leave a present employer. However, when explaining your reasons for leaving, limit your comments to that necessary to adequately communicate your rationale.