|Job Interviewing Skills: The competition for a great job opportunity can be intense,
being prepared with the right interviewing skills can give you a clear advantage to
beat the competition. Here are some "DOs" and "DON'Ts" for the job interview:
1. Do plan to arrive on time or a few minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is
2. If presented with an application, do fill it out neatly and completely. Don't rely on
your application or resume to do the selling for you. Interviewers will want you to
speak for yourself.
3. Do greet the interviewer by last name if you are sure of the pronunciation. If not,
ask the employer to repeat it. Give the appearance of energy as you walk. Smile!
Shake hands firmly. Be genuinely glad to meet the interviewer.
4. Do wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright, look alert and
interested at all times. Be a good listener as well as a good communicator.
5. Do look a prospective employer in the eye while speaking.
6. Do follow the interviewer's leads, but try to get the interviewer to describe the
position and the duties to you early in the interview so that you can apply your
background, skills and accomplishments to the position.
7. Do make sure that your good points come across to the interviewer in a factual,
sincere manner. Stress achievements. For example: sales records, processes
developed, savings achieved, systems installed, etc.
8. Do always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are
discussing. Never close the door on opportunity.
9. Do show enthusiasm. If you are interested in the opportunity, enthusiastic
feedback can enhance your chances of being further considered. If you are not
interested, your responsiveness will still demonstrate your professionalism.
10. Don't forget to bring a copy of your resume! Keep several copies in your
briefcase if you are afraid you will forget.
11. Don't smoke, even if the interviewer does and offers you a cigarette. Do not
12. Don't answer with a simple "yes" or "no." Explain whenever possible. Describe
those things about yourself which relate to the situation.
13. Don't lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and succinctly.
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