Your goal on interviews is to persuade the employers that you have skills, background and ability to do the job, and that you can comfortably fit into they organization

Job Interview Tips - Don'ts!

Winning at the job interview


  • Don't limit time you have for the job interview. You should be prepared if the interviewer ask you to stay and start the job immediately. For example, if you have children, leave them with a babysitter. If you have a ride waiting, ask the person to stay in the car. If you have someone along for moral support, leave them at the entrance to the building where you are being interviewed.
  • Don't be late. Arrive a few minutes early because being late may be viewed as an indication of your bad work habits. Many employers eliminate applicants because they arrive late for an interview.
  • Don't whine.
  • Don't talk about being jobless.
  • Don't dump on your former employer.
  • Don't smoke. Even if it is offered. Some employers like to use this as a test.
  • Don't bring everything to the interview! Bring only the paperwork needed to support you during this first interview, unless of course, you were asked to provide additional material.
  • Don't carry a water bottle or coffee mug.
  • Don't smile to much. It may look like you are not taking the interview seriously. Show your friendly face.
  • Don't wear caps, bandannas, athletic shoes, sweats or unkempt clothes. Dress professionally.
  • Don't be a name dropper. What happens if the name that you drop is a person not admired by the interviewer? In fact, if the person whose name you are using to 'influence' the interviewer is disliked by the interviewer for some reason, you may lost the job.
  • Don't tell jokes or comment on people in the office. You don't know the interviewer's background or social, religious or political beliefs and you could easily cause some very uncomfortable feelings by making off-color jokes or comments as an attempt to break the ice. Keep to safe topics, such as the weather or sports.
  • Don't use negative body language. Crossing your arms or legs, glancing around the room or sliding down in the chair tells the interviewer that you are not interested in the subject - the job. This may result in the interviewer loosing interest in you.
  • Don't break the silence. The silent treatment is used by some interviewers to draw out information without actually asking any question. In many cases, this technique is used when the interviewer is collecting negative information. It is advisable to answer a question to the best of your ability and then stop talking and leave it up to the interviewer to continue.
  • Don't ask questions that are not directly relevant to the job for which you are applying. Questions such as the color of paint in the office, the length of the coffee breaks and the size of the work station should not be asked during the first interview. These kind of questions may indicate to the interviewer that you are more concerned with the 'benefits' of the job rather actually working for the company.
  • Don't be nervous. This is easy to say, but sometimes difficult to achieve. Don't worry if you do get nervous, everyone gets nervous sometimes - even the interviewer. A good interviewer will understand it and will put you at ease.

Check also the job interview do's in job interview tips.

art_remember Job Interview Tips DontsAlways ask questions because this demonstrates your prior research and interest in the job, except questions about salary or benefits unless the interviewer broaches the subject first

art_tip Job Interview Tips DontsDo not volunteer information that the interviewer doesn't ask for and maintain eye contact while talking with someone

Other Job Interview Tips Info

Hopefully you received an invitation to a job interview. So, now you need:

This will probably be your first direct contact with the company and will give you an insight into it's workings and the chance to meet with it's personnel to see if it is a place that you would like to work.

Whilst interviews can be nerve wracking experiences, you should remember that the interviewer is only human and it is possible that s/he is nervous also.

The job interviews are your chance to back up in person everything that the employer has read about you in your CV, Curriculum Vitae, resume, cover letter or job application.

These same keywords you used in your resume, CV or cover letter will be the foundation for your job interview. You must be able to talk about them in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.

If you are prepared for the job interview, dress and behave as in dress codes, you will be able to promote your qualifications effectively as you respond to questions, particularly about yourself, why you want the job and what you can contribute to the company

Follow up the job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.

Good luck with job interview tips.


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