JOB Interview Tips

Tips on what NOT to do in an interview:

  • Don’t come a half an hour early. 5 minutes early is more than enough.
  • Don’t bring your own cup of Starbucks coffee to the interview. It’s not professional.
  • Don’t touch your face or twirl your hair during the interview.
  • Write a short thank you note right away. Be short and sweet, but specific.
  • Send an e-card Thank You with your professional profile links.
  • If the interviewer asks you to take a skill test after, take it when they ask you to.
  • Talk about your success stories with other employers. Consider creating and updating a web page – post your resume there for future employers to see. Keep the LinkedIn page professional.
  • Don’t arrive with wet hair, dirty clothes or beat up shoes.
  • Don’t have disgusting breath. Brush your teeth or chew gum BEFORE the interview.
  • Don’t chew gum or eat during an interview.
  • Don’t say “I still haven’t figured out what I want to do yet.”
  • Do your homework and be prepared to anwer questions about the job and company your are applying to.
  • When asked what websites and publications you read, be creative and be HONEST.
  • Don’t ask what the hours are. Instead ask “What’s a typical day like here?”
  • Don’t send a cover letter e-mail that’s more than one paragraph long.
  • Don’t attach your old resume to an e-mail and title it “Resume 2008”.  You should be updating your resume every six months with new job skills and experience. If you have not learned any new skills in six month, take a class and learn something new about your field.
  • While at a career fair, don’t talk bad about other candidates.
  • If you’re interviewing for a specific job, talk about how your skills fit THAT job…not some other job you hope to get someday.
  • Spend at least 30 minutes looking around the company website BEFORE the interview. A common question asked by the interviewer is: “What are your impressions of the site?”
  • Plan to ask at least 3 questions after the interview such as can you describe a typical day here? How many years has your best employee worked here? or, What additional skills are you looking for in other job seekers?
  • The interviewer cares about filling their current open position.Don’t ask if moving within the company is easy or how quickly will you be promoted.

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