Interview Dos and Don’ts

Interviewing is the most critical part of the job search. Follow these pointers to blow the interviewer away and land your dream job! 

Do: 

  • Show up early, about 10-15 minutes before your interview
  • Research the company on all social channels and prepare questions for the interview
  • Print extra copies of your resume, at least five in case there are additional interviewers
  • Wear a professional outfit that appeals to the company and industry
  • Communicate your interest in the position and your willingness to go above and beyond 
  • Express your gratitude in person, and send a hand-written note to those you met
  • Turn off your phone and smartwatch to limit distractions 
  • Bring questions to ask in the interview 
  • Make eye contact with the interviewer and note your overall body language 

Don’t: 

  • Talk about how hard it was to make it to the interview, even if there was a lot of traffic
  • Wear too much perfume or distracting accessories that make a lot of noise
  • Speak about former employers or companies in a negative light, keep things positive. 
  • Forget to breathe. Take pauses when needed, there’s no need to rush 
  • Make excuses for missteps in your past. Take ownership to show that you’ve grown. 
  • Bring up inappropriate topics, such as politics or religion, during the interview.
  • Focus on the skills and experience that you don’t have.
  • Mention salary expectations. Wait for the interviewer to bring this up
  • Expect to know exactly what they’re going to ask, there will always be curveballs.
  • Be afraid to be human!
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