3 Keys to a Successful Interview
The Do’s and Don’ts
- DO be early to your interview. There is no excuse for being late or rushing in at the last minute.
- DO TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE. Just looking at a cell phone during an interview can completely blow your chances for an offer.
- DO be POSITIVE. This point cannot be stressed enough.
- DO be friendly and polite to the receptionist and personnel you meet throughout the day. Make sure to introduce yourself with a firm handshake and state your reason for being there. Think of everyone you meet as a possible ally in your quest for a job offer.
- DO be patient and understanding throughout the day, regardless of any minor discourtesies that may occur (delays, scheduling errors, etc). Remember that they’re looking for a team player, someone who is flexible and fits in well with the company culture. ‘Go with the flow’ and follow all of the procedures for interviewing with the company with a smile on your face.
- DO make eye contact and give clear, concise and relevant answers to questions. Attempt to include examples of tasks you’ve performed at previous jobs that will be required of you in the position you’re interviewing for.
- DO research the company beforehand so that you are knowledgeable during the interview. Don’t be afraid to comment on things you really like about the company—people you’ve met so far, products, location, etc.
- DO show commitment. Questions about why you left your last position or about what you’re looking for in a new position all allude to the same thing: commitment. Answer all such questions in a positive manner. Show that you are looking for a career with the company and that you will stay with the company. Never give the number of years you’re willing to spend in the position, location, etc. because it may mean you do not receive an offer—there is no reason to disclose this information.
- DON’T say anything negative about your previous employer. Once again, always turn a negative into a positive. For example, instead of saying that your boss was a jerk and they didn’t pay you enough, say that your time at the last company was a valuable learning experience, but you are looking for advancement opportunities, challenge, etc. Communicate that you want to work in an environment where your skills, achievements, and hard work are recognized and contribute to the company’s success. Negativity will never help you in an interview and can only hurt you!
- DON’T be too modest. Part of your goal to receive a job offer includes selling yourself to the interviewer. Let him/her know that you are proud of your accomplishments and that you are confident you will succeed in the position at their company. Make sure to incorporate successes in previous positions into the answers you give. At the same time, though, make sure that you give credit to those who have helped you in your achievements—teamwork is incredibly important in the workplace.
- DON’T be too specific regarding salary requirements. Do not give a number! Indicate that you’ll be very interested in the best offer the company can make that is consistent with the hiring practices for someone with your qualifications and experience.
Are you scheduled for a phone or video interview before you get to meet with the company in person? Click here to find additional advice on how to make that first connection a success! Trust us, your phone/video interview will be all about getting hired if you eliminate technical difficulties, make a good impression, & follow the tips provided at the link above.