Interview do’s and dont’s

When you are looking for a new job or a career change there comes a point where you will have to do a job interview. But how does that work and what do you need to do and what not? In this blog, I will tell you everything about the do’s and don’ts during your next job interview!

Let’s start with the do’s:

  • Do: Read up about the position and the company for which you are applying.

This will help you be prepared so you know what you are talking about and what the interviewer might ask. When you have read up about the position and the company, you will come to the interview prepared. The company will notice this and this will give off a good/interesting impression.

  • Do: Practice with common interview questions.

There are a few interview questions that are used very often, if you practice these questions you will be prepared for when they ask them and you get a feeling of what interview questions look like and how to approach them. (see list below for commonly asked interview questions)

  • Do: Listen and respond.

When you have a job interview you must listen to what the interviewer says exactly and what the interviewer asks so that you can respond accordingly. This will help you really understand the question and then give a good full answer.

  • Do: Give examples

Respond to questions with examples that will demonstrate your experience and give the company a better picture of your personality, former experiences, and solutions.

  • Do: show interest

Show interest in the company by asking questions, maintaining eye contact, and with open body language. This will give the interviewer the feeling that you are truly interested in the company and want to start working there.

  • Do: Dress accordingly

Dress professionally this will make a good first impression. It is like they say “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.

  • Do: Ask to clarify

Ask the company to clarify a question if you do not understand it. This will show confidence and it gives you the chance to properly answer the question. Otherwise, you can give an answer that does not correspond with the question.

  • Do: Turn off your cellphone

Turn off your cell phone to prevent getting a call or text that will interrupt the interview. Keeping your cell phone on will only distract you.

Continuing with the don´ts:

  • Don’t: Be late

Being late will give a bad first impression and the chances are big that the interviewer does not take you seriously from that moment on. Therefore it is important to be on time and already show your time management skills.

  • Don’t: Sit in a crowded area (online)

When having an online interview make sure you have a quiet place where you can interview without any interruptions. Sitting in a crowded area will be distracting and come across as unprofessional.

  • Don’t: Interrupt the interviewer

Even if you have a question, wait until the interviewer is done speaking to ask it. Interrupting the interviewer can come across as rude and give a bad impression. Even if you interrupt the interviewer out of excitement it can annoy the interviewer. So try to pay attention to this.

  • Don’t: Dismiss your weaknesses

Even though you need to highlight your strengths during an interview you should not dismiss your weaknesses, be honest about them. Tell the interviewer how you deal with them and overcome them. Everyone has weaknesses so it is better to acknowledge and tackle them than to ignore them.

  • Don’t: Be too humble

Be confident and embrace the accomplishments that you made and the strengths that you have. Do not be humble, show your strengths and talk about them so that the interviewer can capture what you have to offer.

  • Don’t: Answer questions with just ´yes` or ´no`

Give the interviewer a more elaborate answer. If you only answer a question with yes or no the interviewer will not get to know you or your strengths which is necessary to let them see all that you have to offer.

  • Don’t: Lie or exaggerate

Be honest during the interview and do not lie or exaggerate this will only give you more trouble. Be honest and sincere this will come across, and the interviewer will see it when you are honest and value this.

To help you be better prepared for the interview here is a list of commonly asked interview questions that you can practice with:

  • Tell me more about yourself.
  • Why did you apply for this position?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What can you bring to the company?
  • How do you handle stressful situations?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully, these do`s, dont’s, and interview questions will help you with your next job interview. Read them, use them, and be prepared. Good luck with your next job interview!