When it comes to the interviewing process, it pays to be prepared. Put your best foot forward with our top Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts.

Interview Do’s

  • Be on time.
  • Give a firm handshake and always make eye contact.
  • Dress for success. Look your best while maintaining a conservative appearance.
  • Do your research. Make sure you know what the company does and can speak about it, if asked.
  • Have something to write on and write with. Write down a list of questions before you go to the interview.
  • Take your time and think about each question that you are asked. Be concise with your answers and do not get off track.
  • Give specific examples of what you have done for a company versus just stating that you can do a specific task.
  • Have additional hard copies of your resume with you.
  • Be yourself. People who conduct interviews can tell when a person is being fake.
  • Send a hand written thank you note to the interviewer for their time.

Interview Don’ts

  • Don’t be late. Give yourself enough time to arrive early or account for unexpected delays. If you are going to be late, call the company.
  • Don’t forget to turn off or silent your cell phone. If you forget and the phone rings, don’t answer it.
  • Don’t lie!
  • Don’t use slang or inappropriate language.
  • Don’t wear strong perfume or cologne.
  • Don’t slander past employers, coworkers, or bosses.
  • Don’t give more information than they are looking for. Answer questions concisely.
  • Don’t discuss compensation until the hiring manager brings up salary.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer.
  • Don’t tell the hiring manager how great it is to be on unemployment.