You’ve been scheduled for a job interview, congratulations!

You get this one chance to make the best first impression possible. As the saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”. What are some of the things you should do, and what are the some of the things you should avoid doing during the interview?

Here are a few do’s and don’ts that will help you make the best impact during the interview.

Interview Do’s:

  • DO arrive on time. Plan to get there between 10 to 15 minutes early.
  • DO smile and show enthusiasm for the opportunity. This tells the interviewer that you are confident and interested in the job.
  • DO listen carefully. Pay full attention to what the interviewer is saying or asking.
  • DO pay attention to body language. Sit upright with both feet on the ground. When asked a question, lean forward a bit while keeping your shoulders back.
  • DO maintain eye contact. This is how the interviewer knows you are focused and listening.
  • DO provide thorough responses. Explain how your qualities and experience are a good fit for the position and will be beneficial to the company.
  • DO share relevant personal information if it fits the tone of the interview. This can help you connect with the interviewer.

Interview Don’ts:

  • DON’T arrive unprepared. You should have researched the company and the position beforehand.
  • DON’T show up to the interview in casual clothing. Experts agree that you should always dress up a bit.
  • DON’T answer phone calls during the interview. Your cell phone should be turned off and kept out of site.
  • DON’T speak poorly about prior employers or co-workers. Making negative comments will make a bad impression.
  • DON’T interrupt the interviewer. Doing so will make you appear rude.
  • DON’T rush through the interview. Take your time to answer questions thoughtfully and concisely.
  • DON’T lie or make false statements. The odds are high that the interviewer will discover the truth, and it’s just not worth it.

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Written by: Melissa Bushman

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