- Be prepared. Know about the organization and the job to which you’re applying. And practice for the interview before you get there.
- Be well groomed. Even if the company employees dress in business casual, err on the conservative side. For men: A jacket and tie. For women: A business suit. Keep the jewelry, makeup, perfume and cologne to a minimum.
- Arrive early for the interview. Fifteen minutes is about right.
- Be respectful of everyone you meet, including secretaries and other office personnel.
- Listen carefully to the interviewer’s name and remember it. Repeat it periodically during the interview when addressing the individual.
- After a question is asked, allow a moment for it to sink in and to phrase your response.
- Pay attention to non-verbal cues. If the interviewer appears particularly interested in what you’re saying, expand upon it.
- Ask how your role in the company can positively influence their bottom line.
- Be friendly, interested, engaged and confident – but not arrogant.
- At the end of the interview thank the interviewer and ask when you might expect an answer as to your candidacy.
- Don’t behave as if the job is already yours or beneath you. Be confident, not arrogant.
- Never interrupt the interviewer.
- Don’t ask about salary or benefits unless the matter is brought up by the interviewer.
- Don’t trash your current or former employers.
- Don’t mistake an interviewer’s politeness for more than it is. You are not friends. Don’t be too familiar or chummy. Remain professional.
- Don’t bring up anything negative about the company you’re targeting, even if they’ve gotten bad press.
- Use appropriate English and business language. Avoid slang.
- Don’t let your body language (squirming in your seat) give away the fact that you’re nervous. Try to calm down and focus on your attributes.
- No matter how desperate you are for the position, don’t make it obvious to the interviewer.
- Don’t dwell on your deficiencies – we all have them – concentrate on your strengths and convey them to the interviewer.
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