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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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runningesq runningesq 7 years
Good tips ! ... especially a good reminder to be polite to everyone you meet. Very telling when someone is polite to the interviewer but rude to people he sees as "below" him (mail guy, admin assistant, etc.)
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