What if the perfect job knocks on your door and you haven’t had an interview in years. Here are some very basic Do’s and Don’ts to help you ace your next interview!
DO your research on the company and know who you are interviewing with! It is crucial to show your interest in not just the role itself, but in the company as well.
DO come to the interview “dressed for success!” Error on the side of being too conservative. You don’t want to risk the chance of your potential employer being distracted by any accessories or clothing items. I once had one of my candidates come to interview after dying his hair BRIGHT GREEN! He did it a fun special occasion, but nevertheless, it can distract your interviewer and take away from YOU, inhibiting your chances of landing the job!
DO come prepared with good and pertinent questions. Your questions should demonstrate your knowledge of the company as well as serious intent.
DON’T ask about salary or benefits during the first interview. OR ask questions that can be easily answered by reading their website.
DON’T be afraid to smile and show your personality throughout the interview!
DO follow up with a thank you email within 24 hours.
DO come into the interview with energy and enthusiasm! Some studies indicate that interviewers make up their mind about candidates in the first five minutes of the interview and then spend the rest of the interview looking for things to confirm about that decision. This means you must come in strong right out of the gates with energy as well as appreciation for the interviewer’s time.
DO work with a recruiter! It can make all the difference, as they will help open doors to your dream company, provide input on your marketing materials, and coach you on what works and doesn’t work during interviews.
Cori English, Director, About Cori
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