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Basic Interviewing Tips 2009-10-08 08:30:57

Back to Basics: Interview Dos and Don'ts, Part 1

I recently taught a workshop on interviewing to 400 high-schoolers. Since teenagers tend to have pretty limited experience with interviews, not to mention notoriously short attention spans, I had to find a way to keep the information short, sweet, and simple. But in doing so, I realized I was getting a pretty nice refresher myself.

For the 17-and-under crowd, I broke down the interview process into dos and don’ts for before, during, and after the interview. To see if going back to basics is helpful for you, too, read on.


Before the interview:

Do Don't
  • Research the company
  • Complete any necessary paperwork
  • Prep your responses to difficult questions
  • Prepare questions to ask your interviewer
  • Clean up your online presence (i.e., remove drunk photos from Facebook)
  • Find out the company’s dress code
  • Over-rehearse your responses
  • Talk about your interview on social networking sites (remember this incident?)
  • Bombard your interviewer with questions
  • Press for unnecessary info (your chances of getting the job, exact salary, schedule, etc.)

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

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