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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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Join The Conversation
mek123 mek123 7 years
Good advice, I will pass it on to my teenager.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I agree with all of this. Plus, I think it's a good tip to play to your audience as well. Dress the way they dress, make yourself look suitable for the position you want, so even if it means putting a little snippet about how your passion is teaching or whatever it is you want to do, on your facebook or something, it's worth it.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Good reminders ! And although I don't think you should "over rehearse" your responses, you SHOULD have practice with the common-asked interview questions (tell me about yourself, asset to our company, greatest strengths/ weaknesses) !
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