Job Interview -Don'ts
DONíT assume that you can ďwing itĒ and be impressive without trying, or without advanced preparation.
DONíT assume that an invitation to a job interview means that you have a job offer ďin the bag.Ē Thatís wrong and a big mistake and the farthest thing from the truth!
DONíT arrive late. Letís repeat that one: DONíT arrive late.
During the interview:
DONíT eat, drink, or chew gum during the interview, and DONíT drink alcohol prior to the interview. Also, DONíT smoke before the interviewóyouíll end up smelling like smoke if you do.
DONíT answer cellphone calls or send or respond to texts during the interview. Keep your cellphone turned off and stowed away.
DONíT inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, or other benefits until youíve received an offer. This is a very big DONíT that you canít lose track of during the interview.
DONíT act desperate, as though you would take any job with any employer.
DONíT act disinterested in the job or the employer.
DONíT say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers, and DONíT offer any negative information about yourself, even if youíre being self-deprecating.
DONíT answer questions with a simple ďyesĒ or ďno.Ē Explain whenever possible. Describe those things about yourself that showcase your relevant talents, skills, and determination. Give detailed examples of your accomplishments.
DONíT be soft-spoken. Speak clearly, and project confidence and preparation.
DONíT fidget or slouch.
DONíT bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems.
DONíT ever lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly, and succinctly.
DONíT over-answer questions. Sharing too much information (TMI) can be more damaging than not sharing enough. Be sure to answer the question asked, and then wait for the next question, or ask a question of your own.
DONíT tell jokes during the interview.
DONíT ask the interviewers personal questions.
After the interview:
DONíT forget to follow up immediately with your thank you notes (or emails) to each interviewer.
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