You are being interviewed because 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,
evaluation you on your qualifications, skills and
intellectual qualifications and he/she will probably
probe deeply to determine your attitudes, aptitudes,
stability, motivation and maturity. Some “do’s”
and “don’t concerning the interview…
| 1. DO plan to arrive
on time or a few minutes early.
Late arrival for a job interview
is never excusable.
| 2. If presented with
an application, DO fill it out neatly and completely.
If you have a personal resume,
be sure the person you release it to is the person
who will actually do the hiring.
| 3. DO greet the interviewer
by his/her surname if you are sure of the pronunciation.
If you are not, ask them to repeat
| 4. DO shake hands firmly.
| 5. DO wait until you
are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright
in you chair, look alert
and interested at all times.
Be a good listener as well as a good talker. Smile.
| 6. DON’T smoke even
if the interviewer smokes and offers you a cigarette.
| 7. DO look a prospective
employer in the eye while you talk to him/her.
| 8. DO follow the interviewer’s
leads but try to get the interviewer to describe
and the duties to your early
in the interview so that you can relate your background
and skills to the position.
| 9. DON’T answer questions
with a simple “yes” or “no”. Explain whenever possible.
Tell those things about yourself,
which relate to the position.
| 10. DO make sure that
your good points get across to the interviewer in
sincere manner. Keep in
mind that you alone can sell yourself to an interviewer.
Make him/her realize the
need for you in his/her organization. Smile.
| 11. DO be prepared
to answer typical questions like:
What kind of job are you looking for?
What are your really good at?
What have you done about addressing them?
What do you know about our company?
Why did choose your particular career?
What are your qualifications? Smile.
| 12. DON’T lie. Answer
questions truthfully, frankly and as to the point
| 13. DON’T ever make
derogatory remarks about you present of former employers
| 14. DON’T “over answer”
questions. The interviewer may steer the conversation
or economics. Since this
can be ticklish, it is best to answer the questions
trying not to say more
than is necessary.
| 15. DON’T enquire about
SALARY, HOLIDAYS, BONUSES, etc. at the initial interview
unless you are positive
the employer is interested in hiring you and raises
first. However, you should
know your market value and be prepared to specify
required salary or range.
| 16. DO always conduct
yourself as if you are determined to get the job
you are discussing.
Never close the door on
opportunity. It is better to be in the position
where you can
choose from a number of
jobs rather than only one.