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Do's and Dont's In an Interview

Published On: 18 Mar 2011 | Last Updated On: 30 Nov 2012

An interview can be a challenge- be it preparing for an interview or facing one. Having said this there are ways in which you can face and prepare for an interview, in such a manner that you can showcase your confident and dynamic self. This is what the interviewers want to see in a candidate. Here are a few simple Do’s and Don’ts to follow for a successful job interview. Follow these simple tips and you will achieve success at this important phase of job-hunting.

Dos and Don’ts in Interview:

Before the Interview:

  • Dress appropriately for the industry, on the side of being conservative to show you take the interview seriously. Your personal grooming and cleanliness should be impeccable.
  • Doyour research and know the type of job interview you will be taking on. And do prepare and practice for the interview, but don't memorize or over-rehearse your answers.
  • Don'tbe unprepared for typical interview questions. You may not be asked all of them in every interview, but being unprepared looks foolish.
  • Do know the exact time and location of your interview; know how long it takes to get there, park, find a rest room to freshen up, etc.
  • If presented with a job application, do fill it out neatly, completely, and accurately.
  • Treat other people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions of you might be solicited during hiring decisions.
  • Don'tsmoke, even if the interviewer does and offers you a cigarette. And don't smoke beforehand so that you smell like smoke. And do brush your teeth, use mouthwash, or have a breath mint before the interview. Also Don't chew gum during the interview.

During the Interview:

  • DoOffer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer.
  • Domake sure that your good points come across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner.
  • Don'tbe overbearing, overaggressive or conceited.
  • Do express yourself clearly with a strong voice and good diction and grammar.
  • Don'tgo to extremes with your posture; don't slouch, and don't sit rigidly on the edge of your chair.
  • Don'tshow a lack of interest or enthusiasm.
  • Ask for clarification if you don't understand a question.
  • Don'tsay anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.
  • Don'tanswer questions with a simple "yes" or "no." Explain whenever possible. Describe those things about yourself that showcase your talents, skills, and determination. Give examples.
  • Dotake time to think before answering difficult or unexpected questions.
  • Don'tgive the impression you are only interested in salary; don't ask about salary and benefits issues unless you are asked.
  • Dofollow-up with a thank-you note restating your interest in the position and jot down your notes immediately after the interview..

After Interview:

  • Write a thank-you letter to your interviewer promptly.
  • Docontact the employer by phone if the interviewer does not contact you one week after the time from which he or she indicated you would be notified.

Don't forget: YOU control the content of the interview. Be honest and be yourself - your best professional self.  Dishonesty gets discovered and is grounds for withdrawing job offers and for firing. You want a good match between yourself and your employer. If you get hired by acting like someone other than yourself, you and your employer will both be unhappy.

Happy Job Hunting!!!! All the best.

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