A job interview is the first step to having that job. This also one of scariest times one small mistake and your potential job is gone. With the type of economy, we are in, landing a job interview is really hard.
Here are the Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts of a Job interview
- Do dress appropriately
How you look creates a first impression. Human beings are very visual. SO how you present yourself is very crucial. Don’t down dress. It is better to look a bit of formal rather than looking too casual for your job interview.
- Do keep time
Make sure you arrive 10 minutes to your interview. Your timeliness speaks volume of how well you will deliver in your work. This will also give you an opportunity to go to the restroom to freshen up and compose yourself. This will make you feel more confident compared to you walking in 5 minutes late panting and sweating. Don’t be late for your interview. Make sure you know the venue early enough.
- Have the appropriate Body Language
Sit up straight, lean slightly forward, and look your interviewer in the eye. Smile and engage with each interviewer and nod slightly as he or she is speaking. Body language passes a message that words do not.
Make sure you Don’t slouch or cross your arms as questions are asked. Don’t fidget. Try to project body language that is positive and indicates interest. The best way to show confidence is by sitting in an “open stance”. That’s why you shouldn’t cross your arms or do anything that makes you seem hesitant or closed-off. Also do not text during the interview.
- Compensate for your weakness
The key thing here is to be honest. If you have gaps in your resume, experienced a layoff or dismissal, or if you are missing key experiences or skills in the job description, be truthful. Honesty is a great virtue. You also leverage back to your strengths.
Don’t lie about past employment missteps or pretend to have skills that you do not have. You can simply say that the job position in the previous company was not for you.
- Do not Trash your former colleagues or employer
Give respectful responses about all past employers, even if your tenure at a former job ended badly. Try to find something positive you can say about every past work experience on your resume and then pivot to the skills you have gained along the way that will benefit your next employer. Being rude about your past employer says a lot about how you handle your anger.
- Ask questions
Do not let the conversation be one sided. Come prepared with questions based on your research of the company. Asking questions indicates your interest in the company, especially when your questions demonstrate knowledge of the industry sector and the company.
Traditionally, interviewees wait till the end of the interview to let you ask questions on topics that have not been covered. You don’t have to wait till the end to ask questions.