Smash Your Next Job Interview; 7 Interview Do’s and Don’ts

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interview dos and don'ts
interview dos and don’ts

You got a job interview. Great! Now what?!

Now is not the time for panic; now is the time for strategy. Help yourself to outshine your competition by making sure to do these interview Do’s and avoiding these Don’ts. Read on for helpful tips to completely smash your job interview.

  1. Do: Be Positive.

Smile and act like you want to be there. Spin it so that all of your answers are positive. Have an optimistic point of view. This will make you seem more likeable and more well-adjusted.

Don’t: Be Negative.

Do not bash previous employers or coworkers. Instead speak constructively about previous negative work experiences. Don’t question your abilities or competence to do the job.

  1. Do: Practice.

Rehearse your answers to common interview questions. Talk in front of a mirror so that you can practice open body mannerisms, like smiling and not crossing your arms.

Practicing and thinking about responses to questions will help you in the interview. You won’t get stumped and give off the cuff answers as much.

Don’t: Use a lot of filler words.

Um, so, like. These fillers can make you sound less confident and less competent. Practice so that you can speak fluidly without stumbling.

  1. Do: Be concise.

Short, sweet, and to the point answers are great.

Don’t: Don’t drag on and on forever.

The more you talk you the better the chance you might lose your train of thought or go off on tangents that don’t relate to the question.

This is especially important if you don’t have a great answer for the question- if you feel yourself just talking to talk- STOP!

  1. Do: Dress for the occasion.

Be clean and well dressed. It shows respect for the opportunity and that you are serious and capable. Consider the company culture and industry. If the office is full of suits, so should you be.

Generally speaking, it is better to be over-dressed than under-dressed at an interview. Consider a smart blazer, button up, slacks, and appropriate heels.


Don’t: Show up messy.

Dirty or torn clothes are a definite interview no-no. Ripped jeans and printed tee shirts should not be your interview go-to outfit. Overly revealing and provocative clothing should also not be worn.

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  1. Do: Arrive early.

Give yourself as much time as you can to arrive at your interview. Have time to get yourself oriented and compose yourself. Fix your hair, maybe pop a breath mint. Take a few breaths and calm yourself.

Don’t think about the bad drivers on the road or how hot it was in your car. Calm yourself and think about your rehearsed interview answers and give yourself a pep talk before your interview.

Don’t: Arrive at the last minute.

You’ll be out of breath and stressed. If you walk into an interview in that state you’ll be off your game.

Also, not giving yourself enough time to arrive, may cause you to be late if there is an unexpected traffic jam or accident- and you never want to be late to an interview.

  1. Do: Your research.

Be sure to read up on your prospective employer. It is important to know, and express, how you can contribute to their bottom line.

Don’t: Be flip.

Don’t say that you’re looking for just any job. Insincerity and indifference are not your friend in a job interview.

  1. Do: Ask good questions.

This is your opportunity to see if you’ll like the company. Just as much at the company wants to know if you’ll be a good fit- you want to know if this position/ company is a good fit in your life.

Ask thoughtful questions about the position, company culture, opportunities for advancement- or whatever else is important to you in a job.

This is very important. You don’t want to accept and start a position that doesn’t fit your needs or lifestyle. Use your interview time wisely.

Don’t: Stay quiet.

If you don’t ask any questions at all, an interviewer might think you don’t care about the position or that you aren’t a critical thinker capable of coming up with thoughtful questions.

To conclude, hopefully this list helps you to perform well in your job interviews. Follow these do’s and don’ts and you’ll stand ahead of your competition. Let’s achieve our life goal of having a great career. It all starts with the interview- we can do it!