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5 Interviewing Don'ts

“If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put into a blender, how would you get out?” “Name 5 uses of a stapler without staple pins” “What do you think of garden gnomes?”

Not sure how to answer these questions? Neither did the job seekers who were asked them during actual interviews. Most likely, you will not be asked anything this outrageous on your next interview but how prepared are you to answer questions about your qualifications and experience?

5 Don’ts when on an Interview

Don’t be unprepared: Research and know something about the company. Check out their website and look for news stories, annual reports, and mission statements. The purpose of an interview is to see if you and the potential employer are a match; be sure to have some questions prepared for them. Also, have several copies of your resume and references on hand.

Don’t arrive late: Knowing where to go and who to ask for helps lets know you pay attention to details. Try a test-run the day before to make sure you have accurate driving directions and location details and know where to park and if there is a fee. Do arrive early but no more than 15 minutes.

Don’t show up with a cell phone or company: Go by yourself and focus 100% on the interview.

Don’t talk too much or too little: Your resume got you the interview; your enthusiasm and passion will get you the job. Answer the questions with more than just a "yes" or "no" but don't offer up more information than is being asked. Be specific and give examples that demonstrate your point. Show your personality but be professional. Practice, practice, practice your answers to traditional and behavioral questions. Interviews are conversations with storytelling opportunities. The more confident you are in sharing your story, the easier the conversation is to have.

Don’t forget to follow up: Send a hand written thank you note by mail in addition to an email. In addition to showing appreciation for the employer’s interest in you and expressing your interest in the job, a thank-you note is a great way to remind the employer about your qualifications and even add something you forgot to mention in the interview.

The Business and Job Center can help you sharpen your skills with classes, resources, and weekly Interview Practice sessions.

By the way… I’d draw myself out paperweight, hammer, doorstop, weapon, and nutcracker depends, is he interviewing for this job, too?

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