Certain things can spell certain death for an interviewee. Successful job seekers know what to do and what not to do during the job interview.
Everyone offers tips and tricks for what to say and do during an interview. But when it comes to interviewing, sometimes it’s the things you shouldn’t have said or done that can cause the biggest problems. Review this list of what to say and do and what not to say and do during a job interview. Read it twice. Print it out and review it before your next job interview.
1. Don’t Assume a Casual Atmosphere
If you want the job, you need to show your prospective employers that you can work in any environment. If they embrace casual dress, they’ll let you know. It’s your job to dress to impress in a way that’s understated and professional.
2. Do Proofread, Proofread, Proofread
Failing to proofread your resume is a huge no-no. Neglecting details on something as important as the application or resume looks like you don’t care and won’t put you high on the list of candidates to call back.
3. Do Research the Company
If you want to stand out from the rest, you need to do a little research. A quick internet search should reveal if the company has had any recent press, or at the very least lead you to a corporate website with background or write-ups about the firm in trade publications.
4. Don’t Demand Employers Meet Your Terms
If you’re too demanding before they decide you are right for them, you’ll risk eliminating yourself before you’ve even been considered.
5. Do Ask Questions
Interviewees expect to answer questions, but prospective employers like it when you ask questions as well. Asking the right questions shows intelligence, interest and initiative. All positive traits.
6. Don’t Act Like You Could Do the Interviewer’s Job
Confidence is good, but present yourself as overly aggressive and you run the risk of turning off the interviewer.
7. Don’t Reveal Confidential Information
Say too much about current or past employers and the interviewer may wonder about your ability to handle confidentiality.
8. Do Share a Weakness
Be prepared to describe one or more of your weaknesses. The answer to this question will tell prospective employers something about how you handle challenges. Don’t simply state the weakness, tell them how you work to overcome that issue.
9. Don’t Be Negative
A negative attitude about current or past positions, coworkers, superiors or companies could make you look like a drain on morale.
10. Do Show Value
Show prospective employers that you will be part of the solution. Forget salary and benefits before the job offer is made. Build stock in yourself and leave negotiations for the right time.
Knowing what to do and say, and what not to do and say, is essential to getting through the interview process. Of course the most important thing is to be calm, be positive and be yourself.