Interview Do’s

  • Dress appropriately. Extremes in fashion or very casual clothes should generally be avoided. Err on the side of being conservative to show you take the interview seriously. Look neat and clean.
  • Know the exact time and location of your interview; know how long it takes to get there, park, find a rest room to freshen up, etc.
  • Be punctual. Make sure that you are 10 minutes early and if you are going to be unavoidably detained, call and let them know.
  • Treat everyone you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinion of you might be solicited during the hiring decision.
  • Offer a firm handshake and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer.
  • Listen to be sure you understand your interviewer’s name and the correct pronunciation.
  • Even when the interviewer gives you a first and last name, address your interviewer by title (Ms., Mr., Dr.) and last name until invited to do otherwise.
  • Express yourself and your views clearly.
  • Bring a copy of all relevant documents, so you can refer to them if necessary.
  • Listen carefully to the questions and answer clearly and thoughtfully.
  • Make eye-contact. Remember to talk to the person (not the top right hand corner of the room or at their shoes).
  • Sit still in your seat; avoid fidgeting and slouching.
  • Make sure you fully understand the question and query any point about which you may be doubtful.
  • If you are being interviewed by a panel, ensure that you direct your answer to the person who asked the question, while still including the other interviewers by making brief eye contact.
  • Ask questions. Selection is a two way process. They select you, but you also select them.
  • Be Confident. Remember that you applied for the position because you thought that you could do it.
  • Show enthusiasm for the company and the position.
  • Remember that they already like you. Employers don’t interview everyone. They only interview those people who they think have the right skills and experience to succeed in the position. Consequently, in the interview, you maintain and improve on the positive image that you have already created.
  • Make sure that you always present your skills in a positive light. Even when describing your weakness you should always show them what you are doing to rectify it.
  • Make sure you have an idea about where you want to be in the future and can relate the future goals to your application for the present position. You must be able to answer the question “Where do you want to be in five years time?”
  • After the interview, make notes right away so you don’t forget critical details.
  • Write a thank-you letter to your interviewer promptly.