Things to do while attending an interview
- Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early since late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. If I'm running late, I'll phone the company.
- Dont smoke before the interview.
- Make a good first impression with the Interviewer.
- Present a positive attitude - Companies seek pleasant and positive people.
- Do not chew gum during the interview.
- If presented with a job application, fill it out neatly, completely, and accurately.
- Bring extra resumes to the interview.
- Do not rely on your application or resume, try to sell yourself to the interviewer.
- Go out of your way to make a good impression.
- Shake hands firmly.
- Wait until you are am offered a chair before sitting. I will be aware of my body language and posture at all times; I will sit upright and look alert and
interested at all times. I will avoid fidgeting or slouching.
- Body language - Sit up, look attentive, do not cross your arms or legs, make eye contact.
- Always make good eye contact with the interviewers, Avoid telling jokes during the interview.
- Show enthusiasm about the position and the company.
- Speak with a strong, forceful voice to project confidence. Maintain a high confidence and energy level, but avoid being overly aggressive
- Try to avoid controversial topics.
- Try not to say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.
- Always see that strong points come across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner and avoid giving any negative info about you.
- Avoid answering questions with a simple "yes" or "no;" instead, explain and give examples whenever possible. Describe those things about yourself that showcase
your talents, skills, and determination.
- Take a short pause before responding to a question to collect your thoughts, but avoid long pauses. Ask for a repeat of the question if you dont understand it,
dont assume and answer.
- Turn off your cell-phone during the interview.
- Try to postpone inquiring about salary ad other benefits, bonuses, retirement, or other benefits until after you received an offer.
- Ask intelligent questions about the job, company, or industry, knowing that if I don't ask any questions, I'll be indicating a lack of interest.
- Close the interview by telling the interviewer(s) that you want the job and asking about the next step in the process.
- It’s not common procedure, but if an offer is made to you during an interview, never reject it outright.
- Ask for time to discuss the offer with your Family/Recruiter etc, in order to consider money and the specific details of the offer.
- Always respond positively. If you let them know you want the job, it will be a lot easier to negotiate items like salary later.
- Try to write down notes after the interview concludes so that you don't forget crucial details.