Interview Dos and Don’ts

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by

Now that Spring Term is here and you are looking forward to summer, it is the time to look for a job or internship. It may not be what you want to do, but you know you should do it. Whether you’re looking for a summer job, an internship, or a job for after graduation, starting your search now will help to reduce a lot of stress later on.

To further help you prepare, Job Dash released a list of what to do and not do for an interview.

Do: You practice your instrument, your sport, so why not practice answering questions for an interview? There are plenty of sites on the internet with common and uncommon questions employers ask. Look them over and practice a response. Use a mirror or your computer camera to watch yourself as you answer different questions. Are you making funny faces? Nodding too much? Even consider asking a friend to act as your interviewer. Just make sure not to over practice; you want to sound competent and natural.

            Don’t: Think earlier is better when heading into a job interview? Think again. While it is true that being early is actually being on time, employers said that arriving at the office 45 minutes early is too early. Instead, take that extra time to relax and prepare.

Do: After an interview, make sure to follow up. Most employers polled agreed that a thank you note or email with in the first two days is best. It doesn’t need to be long: just a few lines thanking the person for the time and expressing interest in the position. Employers also agreed that within 4-7 days, a follow-up phone call or email about the position is appropriate. Before you leave the interview, make sure to have an understanding of the time table, and arrange your follow-up accordingly.

Don’t: You may not have liked your former employer. He or she might have even been the reason you left the job. But whatever you do, do not complain about them to a potential employer. If possible, try to stay off the subject completely. However, the employer may ask questions about your previous job, including your employer. Have a response ready that puts whatever relationship you had in the best light.

If you have any questions about this advice or want more help preparing for an interview, stop by the CSL with questions.


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