DO arrive 10 – 15 minutes early to use the rest room, find offices, allow for any unexpected traffic problems, and to relax.
DO get a good night’s sleep the night before so you will be mentally alert for the interview.
DO express enthusiasm. Smile and offer a firm hand shake upon meeting the interviewer or the other staff: Speak clearly and directly, and vary the tone of your voice.
DO remember and correctly pronounce the names of people who you meet (or are speaking to on the phone.
DO use “please” and “thanks you” when appropriate. This courtesy should be extended also to your network and anyone else involved in your job search.
DO answer the interviewer’s questions completely.
DO sit up straight; maintain good eye contact, lean slightly forward in your chair. Show a sincere and polite interest in the job as well as in the interviewer.
DO dress appropriately and appear well groomed.
DO practice answering difficult, illegal or “too personal” questions.
DO come alone – Don’t bring a relative or a friend.
DO sell your qualifications rather than your need for the job.
DO treat secretaries and receptionists politely – they are important allies. As gate keepers they often decide which follow-up letters or phone calls are drawn to the interviewer’s attention.
DO have money with you as you may need to make a phone call or buy a cup of coffee.
DO listen to the interviewer; this will avoid asking questions that have already been covered. Also take the time to clarify any questions that you are asked that you didn’t understand.
DO indicate your interest in the job by saying, “I hope you will consider me for the job”, or “I am very interested in this position because.......”
DO thank the interviewer when the interview is over.
DO jot down your impressions (after you leave) of the interview and what you might do differently next time.
DO ask questions in the interview.
DON’T ask questions about pay benefits.
DON’T act as if you have to have this job no matter what.
DON’T interrupt. If you have any questions or need clarification, wait for a logical break in the conversation to speak.
DON’T bring up personal matters (personal problems, financial matters and health issues).
DON’T criticise former employers or co-workers.
DON’T give petty excuses such as: “the job was too hard”; “The people who I worked with were not nice”.
DON’T chew gum, smoke, play with your hair, or constantly adjust your clothes. These actions are a definite distraction.
DON’T read any papers or handle any item on the interviewer’s desk.
DON’T bring anything bulky to the interview such as books, shopping bags or overly large brief cases. A small notebook and pen for note taking is acceptable.