| The Interview
You are being interviewed because the interviewer wants to hire somebody, NOT because he/she wants to trip you up or embarrass you. Through the interaction which will take place during
the interview, he/she will be searching out your strong and weak points, evaluating you on your qualifications, skills and intellectual qualities and he/she will probably probe deeply to determine your attitudes, aptitudes, stability, motivation and maturity.
Some "DO's" and "DON'Ts" concerning the interview . . .
DO plan to arrive on time or a few minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. If presented with an application, DO fill it out neatly and completely. Don't write "see resume". Never misrepresent your education or work experience. Always write the word "open" in the space for salary desired.
DO greet the interviewer by his/her surname if you are sure of the pronunciation. If you are not, ask them to repeat their name.
DO shake hands firmly.
DO wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright in your chair; look alert and interested at all times. Be a good listener as well as a good talker.
DO look a prospective employer in the eye while you talk to him/her.
DO follow the interviewer's leads but try to get the interviewer to describe the position and duties to you early in the interview so that you can relate your background and skills to the position.
DON'T answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no". Explain wherever possible. Tell those things about yourself which relate to the position.
DO make sure that your good points get across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner. Keep in mind that you alone can sell yourself
to an interviewer. Make him/her realize the need for you in their organization. Smile.
DO be prepared to answer typical questions like:
u What kind of job are you looking for?
u What are your strengths?
u What are you really good at?
u What are your weaknesses?
u What have you done to address them?
u What do you know about our company?
u Why did you choose your particular career?
u What are your qualifications?
u Why do you want to work here?
u Why should we/I hire you?
DON'T smoke even if the interviewer smokes and offers you a cigarette.
DON'T lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and as to the point as possible.
DON'T ever make derogatory remarks about your current or past employers or companies.
DON'T "over-answer" questions. Answer questions by speaking in terms of the position. Emphasize what you can do for the company. You may be asked a very broad question like "tell me about
yourself". Instead of talking about your childhood, family or personal ambitions, mention specific accomplishments that show your abilities and determination to succeed in this job. Your answers should tell the employer why you would be an asset to the company, not why you need a job.
DON'T bring up salary, benefits, bonuses, etc. at the initial interview. If the interviewer asks what salary you want, indicate what you've earned but that you are more interested in opportunity than a specific salary.
DO show enthusiasm. If you are interested in the opportunity, enthusiastic feedback can enhance your chances of receiving an offer. If you are not interested, your enthusiasm will still leave a good
impression and leave the door open for future opportunities with the employer.