DON’T bring food, beverages, or emotional baggage into the interview room. We all start our day with coffee, but it can seem impolite when you just can’t wait to chug your java until after the interview. And when it comes to emotions, leave yours at the door. Our recruiters know how challenging the job hunt can be, but staying calm and positive is essential for making a great connection with your interviewer.
DO bring copies of your resume, a printed sheet with your references’ contact information, and an open mind. This shows how well prepared you are, and that you’re committed to the job search process.
DON’T experiment with new fashion looks or perfumes before your interview. Strong fragrances, even pleasant ones, can be distracting or could even give your interviewer a headache!
DO go with an outfit that’s sleek and office-appropriate, and makeup and hair that’s polished and professional. The less distracting your appearance is, the more your recruiters can focus on your skills and potential.
DON’T come up empty when you interviewer asks open-ended questions, or when you're asked you if you have any questions for them at the end of the interview. Have a few questions prepared, and write them down ahead of time if it makes you feel more confident.
DO prepare beforehand by practicing a few anecdotes for the behavioral questions, and research the company’s website before the big day so you can have a few questions ready for them. If your interviewer asks you a question that you’re not sure how to answer, repeat the question back to them to clarify what they are asking. This will buy you a few moments to consider your response.
DON’T make any snap decisions about the job during your interview. Listen to the interviewer’s spiel, and then take a little time to process the information before deciding if the job is right for you.
DO send a thank-you email to your interviewer telling them how much you enjoyed meeting them and learning about the job opportunity, even if you’re not sure about the job offer. Small courtesies like this show integrity and professionalism.
DON’T be late for your interview.
DO look at directions to the interview location ahead of time to plan your trip accordingly. It’s also a good idea to print out directions on paper in case of GPS failure or just in case your phone dies!