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Be on time. There is no excuse for being late. Plus you don’t want to start an interview off with an impatient interviewer.

Cell phone off. Double and triple check to make sure your cell phone ringer is turned off.

Know the company and why you want to work there. Learn as much as you can about the company’s mission, objectives, goals, and future plans.

Bring extra resumes. Your interviewers will likely have a copy of your resume but bring spares, there may be multiple interviewers.

Bring a note pad. Take notes when appropriate.

Dress well. Shower and wear clean and conservative clothes, appropriate for the job description.  Don’t wear perfume.

Set your profile to private. Interviewers may look you up on Google or Facebook, so protect yourself with privacy settings.

Don’t try to be funny. Be friendly and outgoing, save the jokes.

Don’t babble. Answer the question directly and promptly.

Don’t badmouth a previous boss.

Don’t play with your face/hair. Fidgety behavior makes you look like you’re lying or lacking confidence.

Less is more. Sometimes certain details of your life are better left unsaid.

Have good eye contact. Staring at the floor, ceiling or wall when speaking or listening makes you appear disinterested.

Have goals. Maybe you don’t have a good idea where you want to be in a few years professionally, but show that you have direction.

Have accomplishments. Be able to talk about something that you’re proud of accomplishing, professionally and or personally.

Be passionate. Express why you want to work in that field and what you do further your knowledge.

Ask questions. Remember, you’re interviewing them too!

Find out the next step.  Asking what the next step is in the interviewing process lets you know how to appropriately follow up.

Send a thank you note. It reinforces your interest in the job.

 

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