Job Interviewing – Do’s and Dont’s – Before, During and After an Interview
By Pat Andrew
Almost all job seekers recognize the importance of preparing for a job interview. And that means more than just showing up with your resume in hand and a smile on your face. You probably know at least some of the things you should do to get ready. However, have you also thought about what you should not do – before, during and after an interview? We’ve compiled a “Top 10-12” list of Do’s and Dont’s for the before, during and after stages of any job interview. Follow these and you can be assured you’ll be ready to make a success of that interview – and confidently and quickly move to the top of the Hiring Manager’s “hiring” list.
Before the job interview – before you arrive at the company
- Do research the company (and the interviewers, if possible) to learn as much as you can. Don’t act cocky during the interview to show off your research
- Do realize that there are different types of job interviews and find out which type you will be having. Don’t walk into a surprise!
- Do review possible interview questions and prepare your responses. Don’t memorize your answers or over rehearse so you won’t sound rehearsed at the interview.
- Do role-play if possible with a family member or friend and ask for feedback on your presentation. Don’t ask someone who can’t be objective, however.
- Do take a practice run to the interview location to be sure you know exactly where it is and how long it may take you to arrive. Don’t get lost (and if for some crazy reason you do get lost on the way, don’t say that to the interviewer).
- Do plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early. Don’t arrive any earlier or you may appear desperate. And if you unexpectedly are running late, Do call the interviewer or other company representative to let them know your expected arrival time.
- Do understand that your interview begins way before you greet the interviewer(s). It actually begins the moment you begin the trip to that interview. Be alert and courteous at all times. You never know who you may interact with as you head to the interview. Don’t lose your cool. Be alert and courteous to everyone!