Job interviews can be a nerve wracking experience. However, with proper preparation, you can make any interview work in your favor and impress your interviewer. Here are 5 do's and don'ts to follow:
DO have a list of prepared questions to ask about the company and the position.
Here is a list to get you started:
DON'T say "no" when asked if you have any questions or act like a deer in headlights when it is your turn to speak.
Here is a list of what not to ask in an interview:
DO formulate a strategy.
Before you go to the interview, decide on three or four messages you want to convey throughout the interview. These messages should show a connection between what you have achieved and what is needed to succeed at the job. Interviewers tend to become invested in stories more than they do facts and data from your resume. Be sure to rehearse your stories beforehand.
DON'T ramble on about topics unrelated to the job or the question.
Be sure to keep your answers concise and on topic.
DO listen carefully and pay close attention to the interviewer's questions and instructions.
DON'T leave your phone on ring or vibrate.
DO show up to the interview well-dressed.
Here are a few tips on how to dress-to-impress:
DON'T show up wearing clothing that is too tight or revealing or too brightly colored.
Make sure your socks match and that your shoes are closed-toed. Do not wear any fragrance or cologne.
DO convey comfortable body language.
Be sure to sit up straight, maintain eye contact (but don't stare), and smile often. Your tone should be reflected in your facial expressions so that you appear genuine.
DON'T slouch or lean too far forward.
Try to avoid crossing your arms or legs, nodding excessively, fidgeting, or looking around too much.
To help you be further prepared of what kinds of questions might be asked of you, or for interviewers looking for a comprehensive list of interview questions and answers for any job candidate, please see Giva's whitepaper titled "Interview Questions and Answers for Any Job Candidate."