It is very common to go into an interview and find yourself to be completely unprepared. If your working with a good recruiter chances are they will prepare you for the interview, but that is not always the case. Keep in mind the following list when preparing for, during and post interview. This list should be very helpful in landing you your next contract position or your dream job! Good Luck!!
DO’S & DON’TS OF INTERVIEWING
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
DO dress in a plain navy or dark-colored business suit.
Men: wear a white shirt and conservative tie Women: wear a light colored blouse
DO research the company.
DO arrive 10-15 minutes before an interview.
DO bring a copy of your resume with your references
DO bring a pen and notebook to takes notes before, during and after the interview.
DO prepare questions to ask during the interview.
DO fill out all applications neatly and completely.
DO greet the interviewer by his/her surname and greet everyone in the office with a smile and hello.
DO give a firm handshake.
DO make direct eye contact.
DO psyche yourself up! It’s O.K. if you are nervous or a little frightened. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
DON’T be unprepared for the interview. You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression.
DURING THE INTERVIEW
DO be yourself. People can tell when you are faking it, represent yourself honestly.
DO have a positive attitude. Life is good!
DO be confident. You are the kind of employee this employer needs.
DO maintain direct eye contact, and sit up straight.
DO ask questions about the position, company and the interviewer.
DON’T TALK MONEY Don’t ask questions about salary, commission, bonuses, vacations or anything else the company can do for you. Wait until you’ve gotten the job offer.
DON’T get too comfortable. Remain professional and on guard.
DON’T ever say anything negative. Be careful when talking about past and present employers.
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
DO jot down notes to help you remember the highlights of the interview (questions, your impressions, and your performance). This will help you in the future interviews and writing thank you letters.
DO ask for business cards and fax, email or drop off a thank you letter with-in 24 hours.