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5 Basic Do’s and Don’ts of a Good Job Interview

November 18, 2015

Everyone wants to have a good job interview, however the reality is not all interviews turn out to be good – blame it on the hiring manager/interviewer.

Through careful analysis on the real-life practices of successful interviewees and actual mistakes of unsuccessful ones, Express Employment Professionals has come up with a concise check-list for the interviewee to remember during interviews.

Here are five basic do’s and don’ts for a good job interview:

The Do’s:

  1. Do research the company at which you are interviewing and know as much as possible.
  2. Do prepare informed questions to ask about the job and company.
  3. Do bring an up-to-date copy of your résumé.
  4. Do maintain good posture, a neat appearance, regular eye contact and a positive attitude.
  5. Do send a thank-you or follow-up note to the interviewer(s). A hand-written note will have much more impact than an email or text.

The Don’ts:

  1. Don’t use your cell phone to talk or text; leave your phone in your pocket or purse.
  2. Don’t interrupt or talk over your interviewer.
  3. Don’t misrepresent yourself—your biography, your experience or your priorities.
  4. Don’t speak negatively of others, including current or former employers.
  5. Don’t be late.

See: Top 5 Questions Jobseekers Should and Should Not Ask During Interviews

The Best Interviews Stand Out

Managers and franchise owners say that the best interviews stand out because of honesty and sincerity of candidates. Being confident, poised and polished goes a long way. Show genuine enthusiasm and interest for the job role. How seriously a candidate treats an interview is a reflection of how seriously that person can be expected to treat the job.

Use specific examples to ask questions. Speaking in generalities will only indicate a lack of seriousness or thoughtfulness.

“Much of this advice should be common sense, but experience tells us it’s not,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express. “Interviewees should always set a high bar for themselves. Spend plenty of time researching the company, gathering your thoughts and preparing for an informed discussion. Preparation is the key to wowing your interviewer.”

Remember that in many cases, your interviewer will be someone with whom you would be working, if not your boss. You need to come across as the professional, capable, likeable co-worker you hope to be.

“And I can’t emphasize this enough: your cell phone should not be seen, heard or answered.”

To ace in the job interview and leave an indelible impression on the minds of the interviewer, these tips will help you stand out from the crowd and get noticed.

In instances, wherein you know not much about the question asked or are relevantly new to the subject matter, it is better to be upfront and honest to the interviewer about your limited knowledge. However, show keen interest to learn and grow.

If in case, rejection calls comes your way, do not take it personally and feel low. Instead stay in the game motivated, as with each job interview you increase your chances of landing the perfect dream job role soon.

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Also read: Why Should You Research a Company before the Job Interview?

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