Interviewing, like most things, comes with it's own set of rules and guidelines. Let's take a look at some of the most common things that you should do, or not do, on your next interviews:
Dress for Success – Dress for the job you want. Research the standards for the field and dress accordingly.
Visit the restroom before the interview or in between interviews if it is an all day process
Make good eye contact at all times
Be prepared for common interview questions, but do not have canned answers or replies
Look for something in common with interviewer by viewing items in their office or from their background (ask your consultant)
Take this opportunity to sell yourself—keep focused and do not let any information you hear during the interview affect your intensity or "game face"
Use common sense —be aware of the audience and surroundings from the moment you walk in the door until you leave
Listen to each question carefully and ask them to repeat the question if you need clarification
Demonstrate good body language—intensity, positive, enthusiastic…this communicates a lot about you and is always being evaluated
Get business cards and contact information from everyone you meet
Make sure you tell people "I like what I heard and am interested in the next step"
When answering questions, be concise and do not ramble on - avoid answering with yes or no
Take extra copies of your resume and references with you…always be prepared
Take good notes to use for follow-up
Be early and take a few minutes to get a feel for the culture and surroundings
Checkout during the interview (the goal is to get to the next step)
Have any physical distractions (dress, jewelry, perfumes etc.) that would affect the interviewer
Oversell yourself to the point it becomes a negative
Appear overconfident (sell yourself but also be humble when appropriate)
Make up an answer or exaggerate your accomplishments or technical skills (it will cause you problems)
Have a cell phone or beeper on during the interview – it is best not to bring them into the interview
Talk too much. The interview needs to be a two way dialogue and more of a conversation
Chew gum or use any body language that could be a possible distraction
Ask about money or benefits unless the interviewer specifically brings it up
Drink alcohol if going out to a lunch or dinner with the interviewer (use your good judgment)
Talk negative about your current or former job to include bosses, peers, company culture, etc.
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