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Do's and Don'ts When Interviewing

When you're on an interview, it is important to give a good impression to increase your chances of getting the job. Here are some important things to remember:


  • Clear your calendar. The interview might run over or you could be asked to stay longer. Keep your schedule free of any other commitments.
  • Plan for unexpected delays such as traffic and arrive early.
  • Dress for success - a professional appearance can make a lasting impression.
  • Be polite and friendly.
  • Discuss your strengths and how they apply to the position.
  • Look directly into the eyes of your interviewer to demonstrate your interest.
  • Ask questions to show your enthusiasm and knowledge about the company.
  • Turn your cell phone or pager off or on silent.


  • Schedule an appointment right after the interview.
  • Show up late. Tardiness on an interview is a red flag for employers.
  • Wear jeans or sandals.
  • Chew gum or drink coffee.
  • Disclose personal information.
  • Stare at the floor or elsewhere.
  • Talk too much or too little.
  • Answer your cell phone if it rings.