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Basic Interviewing Tips 2009-10-12 08:30:12

Back to Basics: Interview Dos and Don'ts, Part 2

A couple weeks ago, I taught a workshop on interviewing to 400 high-schoolers. In finding a way to keep the information short, sweet, and simple, I realized I was getting a pretty nice refresher myself.

I broke down the interview process into dos and don’ts for before, during, and after the interview. I've given you my basic tips for before an interview; to see my dos and don'ts for during your next interview, keep reading.


During the interview:

Do Don't
  • Arrive on time
  • Aim to impress everyone you meet (you never know who might be a decision-maker!)
  • Watch your body language and avoid nervous habits
  • Answer questions with specific examples
  • Ask your interviewer insightful questions about the position
  • Arrive way too early (10-15 minutes max)
  • Use filler words (um, like, you know)
  • Act overconfident or entitled
  • Panic — no one interview is the end of the world


Stay tuned for some basic dos and don’ts to keep in mind for after your next interview!

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