Job Interview: Do's and Don'ts

Regardless of how much time you have spent preparing for an interview, the task remains as difficult as always. There are so many things you need to take care of, and each and every single one of those can be the step between getting an offer and not getting one. It’s just too much pressure, making you wonder what you should do in an interview, and what you shouldn’t do.  Is it right to say this? Is it right to do that? It is acceptable to do this? It is offensive or embarrassing to do that?

In these kinds of high stressed scenarios, our impulse control is often shot, hence making it difficult to gauge what is acceptable behavior and what is not. This makes an already difficult scenario, even more difficult. And even if you are not one to get easily rattled about these things, it is also helpful to have a little reminder of what you should do and what you should do, you know just in case.  

So to help everyone out, there is a quick list of Do's and Don'ts for a Job Interview:



Know what type of job interview you will encounter.

Don’t come unprepared for the type of interview you will encounter. Don’t want to come in completely unprepared for a technical interview round.

Practice for the interview, and prepare for the questions

Don’t memorize the answers, or sound too rehearsed, as it will make you seem fake and not genuine

Consider doing a practice run to the interview location to see distance, location, traffic, parking, etc.

Don’t wait till the last minute and leave everything to fate.

Arrive early for the interview.

Don’t ever be late for an interview. Call if going to be late.

Smile, make eye contact, and greet everyone you see and meet.

Don’t keep to yourself, as it may make you seem self-involved or prudish even if it is just nerves.

Dress professionally

Do not dress casually, even if they don’t have a dress code

Wear dark somber colors

Don’t wear bright, loud, or eccentric colors

Come prepared. Carry extra copies of your resumes, as well as any other documents,

Don’t come unprepared without the things you may need for the interview.

Do research about the company. Know what it does, about the company, the industry, etc.

Do not be unknowledgeable about the company, its leaders, the industry, etc.

Know who you are meeting with.

Don’t be completely unknowledgeable about the interviewer and what they need to know.

Turn off your cell phone before the interview.

Never leave the phone on during the interview, or worse answer it in the middle of the interview.

Have a firm handshake.

Don’t have a limp or too tight a handshake.

Shake the hand of the interviewer and greet them.

Don’t ignore the interviewer or start the interview on your terms.

Follow the mannerisms of the interviewer.

Don’t sit before being asked. Let the interviewer take charge.

Pay attention to body language. Sit upright and look alert and interested at all times.

Don’t slouch, fidget, or seem bored.

Be confident and forceful.

Don’t be shy. Avoid using poor language, slang, and pause words.

Sell yourself. Toot your own horn. The interviewer needs to know why you are the right candidate for the job.

Don’t be modest, and don’t let the resume do the talking for you.

Talk about your interests.

Avoid controversial topics.

Talk about your experience and your previous companies.

Don’t say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.

State only facts. Though they can be a little exaggerated.

Don’t ever lie, even a little.

Highlight your achievements.

Don’t talk negatively about yourself.

Listen to each question and think about it before answering.

Don’t be too quick in answering questions, or give any answer just for the sake of answering.

Give detailed and factual answers to questions.

Don’t give a yes or no answer. Don’t over-answer the questions.

Show off the research you have done on the company and industry when responding to questions.

Don’t bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems.

Ask intelligent questions about the job, company, or industry.

Don’t ask any questions, just for the sake of asking.

Show them what you bring to the table, and what you can do for the company.

Don’t talk about benefits, salary, etc. until asked or until an offer has been made.

Stand out from the crowd. Share stories, anecdotes, etc.

Don’t be just another one of the candidates. Lost in the sea of faces.

Get the name of the interviewer and send a thank you note after the interview.

Don’t forget that the interview happened in your excitement of getting the interview over with.

Hopefully, this list will serve as a quick reference guide for what should and should not be done in the course of an interview. Be prepared and have a great interview.


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