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Ten Interview No-No’s

July 1, 2009

I found this list of big time DON’T’s on the internet recently and wanted to share with all of you.  Although everybody figures they know the basics of interviewing, I found some of these to be surprising!

1.) DON’T  Dress Inappropriately (It is ALWAYS better to be overdressed than underdressed)

2.) DON’T Fidget (shake foot/play with hair/wring hands) Look comfortable!

3.) DON’T show up late (No need for further explanation..)

4.) DON’T insert your political views or  religion into answers given in response to an interviewer’s questions

5.) DON’T indicate disinterest or boredom with th einterview process

6.) NEVER trash your former employer/company in a job interview (This is classless ladies and tells of things to come!)

7.) Make sure your cell phone ringer is OFF!  (Vibrate doesn’t cut it!)

8.) Maintain eye contact with the interviewer to exude confidence

9.) Raise a smile!  You will stand out in a crowd of nervous interviewees.  but don’t get too chummy, or else you’ll branded as the-girl-who-tries-too-hard.

10.) Prepare some questions of your own to ask THEM.  this will show that you did your homework on the company and you are truly interested in them.  employment interest must be a two way street, obviously!

I Hope you all find these tips helpful as you prepare for interviews in the near future.  Good luck!

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 24, 2010 1:43 pm

    Great tips here! I agree with your list completley. So many entry-level candidates put the interviewer on an unrealistic pedestal. Interviewers/recruiters/HR folks and managers are real people too. An interview is not an inquisition, it should be more like meeting a friend for coffee.

    A great strategy is to go into the interview with some questions, ask them up front, let them talk and continue the conversation from there. Although they may not have asked you their list of generic questions, you will leave the interview on a positive note.

    Also, thanks so much for including Ms. Career Girl on your blogroll!


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