Do's & Don'ts

While many of these you may already know and understand, it is important to read through them to properly prepare!

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DO BE ON TIME

It is very important for you to arrive at the interview 5-10 minutes early. Being early sends a positive message about you to the interviewer.

DO DRESS PROFESSIONALLY

Women: A pant suit, dress or skirt/blouse is the most appropriate for the female candidate. Make sure that your clothes are neat, clean and well pressed. Avoid flashy colors, jeans, T-shirts or tennis shoes. Have your hair neat, clean, and well groomed. Avoid wearing bright or flashy nail polish or excessive jewelry.
Men: A shirt and tie or at least a dress shirt with slacks is the most appropriate clothing. Make sure that your clothes are neat, clean and well pressed. Avoid flashy colors, jeans, T-shirts or tennis shoes. Wear your hair neat, clean and well groomed.

DO PREPARE

Have a pen, notepad and extra copy of your resume with you. Place these items in a place that will be easy for you to get to. If you currently use a daily or weekly planner, bring this with you. You should try to arrive at your interview well rested, with a clear mind.

DO GREET YOUR INTERVIEWER ENTHUSIASTICALLY

Stand up and extend your hand for the handshake. "Good morning, I'm glad to meet you and thank you for the opportunity to earn this position." You should smile and show your enthusiasm about the opportunity to work for their company. Remember, they are interviewing you for a job that requires a lot of energy and enthusiasm, if you don't have this for the interview, they will not be convinced that you have the stamina required for the job. Remember, first impressions are lasting impressions. Are you the person the interviewer wants greeting their customers?

DON'T DISPLAY PERSONAL HABITS

An interviewer wants your undivided attention. Personal habits distract. These include: smoking, chewing gum, twiddling thumbs, tapping a pencil or a fork, humming, whistling, stretching, cleaning finger nails, clearing your throat or excessive "ums" in conversation. Don't make disparaging remarks about your present or past employers. Positive remarks are what help your cause, negative remarks will seem as though you are blaming others for your short comings.

DO RESEARCH THOROUGHLY

Learn as much as you can about the company, earnings potential, benefits, and details of the position you are seeking. If you have heard positive things about the company, make sure you mention that to the interviewer. Be prepared to positively answer questions about why you want to work for their company.

DON'T ASK TOO MANY QUESTIONS

Don't barrage the interviewer with questions. Remember, they are interviewing you. Look them in the eye, and nod encouragingly. Give your interviewer a chance to volunteer answers before you ask them. Don't get into an overly lengthy discussion about salary or benefits package. They are aware of what the average salaries are of your position. If they ask your salary requirements, a good response would be: "I feel I am the person for this position. If you feel the same, I am sure you will make an offer that is both fair and attractive."

DO HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE

Reflect confidence in yourself and knowledge of your job. However, do not seem over confident in your abilities. Stay relaxed and answer questions sincerely. Be ENTHUSIASTIC!!! Lighten up and have a sense of humor! Let your interviewer feel at all stages of the interview that you really want the position. Do not mention offers of interviews with other companies. Show serious interest so that you will be considered a serious candidate.

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