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Do’s and Don’ts of Job Interviews

Whether you’re a recent graduate applying for your first position or a mid-career professional looking to advance to the next level, job interviews can be nerve-wracking.

So that you shine at your next in-person job interview, keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind:

Don’t forget to research the company.

A lack of knowledge about the company is a huge red flag for hiring managers. Make sure that when you walk into the interview, you know the company’s history, current services or products, market share, competitors and number of employees.

Do prepare questions.

This shows you’re truly interested and have given the position a lot of thought. Examples of good questions are, “Can you tell me about the career paths you offer?” and, “What do you think is the most challenging aspect about this position?”

Don’t be late.

Hiring managers are busy and usually see more than one candidate per day. Being late isn’t just rude; it will also mess up the interviewer’s schedule—and that’s definitely not going to make a good first impression.

Don’t be negative about previous employers.

Even if you had an awful experience at a previous employer, never say anything negative. Hiring managers want to see a positive attitude, so find something positive to say about every position you’ve held.

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When you are answering questions, DO focus on what you can do for the company rather than what the company can do for you. Stress your achievements and accomplishments, particularly those related to the requirements of the job, and mention what you learned in your research about their products/services, competitors, and the industry. DON'T dress inappropriately. If you're unsure of how to dress (formal vs. business casual), aim for clothing that is a bit more formal to be on the safe side. DON'T respond to an unexpected question with an extended pause or by saying something like, "boy, that's a good question." A short pause before responding is okay. Ask for a clarification if you don't understand the question or want guidance on what is an appropriate response.