DO’S AND DON’T FOR NAILING THE INTERVIEW

  1. Always greet the interviewer and shake hands. A firm, 1 second (count 1 Mississippi) handshake is sufficient. Smile and make eye contact
  2. As you are walking to the interview room, the interviewer may make small talk and ask you about your morning. Now is NOT the time to bring up anything negative or long-winded, like how your morning commute was horrible or you slept in etc…. Keep it positive and short. If appropriate, reciprocate with a similar question.
  3. Once in the room, settle in, have a pen, notepad, and copies of your resume ready.
  4. Be mindful of your body language. During the interview make sure you do not slouch, or cross your arms. Sit up straight and place your hands on your lap. Maintain eye contact as this makes you seem interested and truthful. If you are wearing a skirt, make sure your knees touch or maintain a soft cross at the ankle. Avoid speaking with your hands! It becomes very distracting. Keep your hands on your lap with minimal movement.
  5. Avoid certain language “faux-pas” such as saying: “Honestly”, “To be honest” “Truthfully”, “umm”, “Like”, “You know”, “Aah”, “Basically” And practice not saying these.
  6. If you are interviewing with multiple people, make sure you give each of the eye contacts as you are speaking regardless of seniority. Many times, the senior managers will ask the opinion of the others and if you completely ignored them during the interview it likely will not look favorably on you. You want to appear as though you respect and appreciate everyone at every level of the organization.
  7. Know your resume inside and out: All your job duties, accomplishments, and why you left or want to leave (Never mention money as being your motivating factor)
  8. As you’re answering questions, ensure to remain professional, positive and do not speak negatively about your previous company. Ever, even if it’s the truth.
  9. Find a way to talk about accomplishments you’ve had that are relevant to the role.
  10. Once the interview is over, thank the interviewer for their time, ask about next steps, close with a firm handshake