Things to do while attending an interview

  1. 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.
  2. Dont smoke before the interview.
  3. Make a good first impression with the Interviewer.
  4. Present a positive attitude - Companies seek pleasant and positive people.
  5. Do not chew gum during the interview.
  6. If presented with a job application, fill it out neatly, completely, and accurately.
  7. Bring extra resumes to the interview.
  8. Do not rely on your application or resume, try to sell yourself to the interviewer.
  9. Go out of your way to make a good impression.
  10. Shake hands firmly.
  11. 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.
  12. Body language - Sit up, look attentive, do not cross your arms or legs, make eye contact.
  13. Always make good eye contact with the interviewers, Avoid telling jokes during the interview.
  14. Show enthusiasm about the position and the company.
  15. Speak with a strong, forceful voice to project confidence. Maintain a high confidence and energy level, but avoid being overly aggressive
  16. Try to avoid controversial topics.
  17. Try not to say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.
  18. Always see that strong points come across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner and avoid giving any negative info about you.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Turn off your cell-phone during the interview.
  22. Try to postpone inquiring about salary ad other benefits, bonuses, retirement, or other benefits until after you received an offer.
  23. 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.
  24. Close the interview by telling the interviewer(s) that you want the job and asking about the next step in the process.
  25. It’s not common procedure, but if an offer is made to you during an interview, never reject it outright.
  26. Ask for time to discuss the offer with your Family/Recruiter etc, in order to consider money and the specific details of the offer.
  27. Always respond positively. If you let them know you want the job, it will be a lot easier to negotiate items like salary later.
  28. Try to write down notes after the interview concludes so that you don't forget crucial details.