A job interview is an opportunity for job seekers to showcase their talent, skills, and abilities to a potential employer for possible job placement.
But keep in mind that as a job seeker, a job interview is also an opportunity for you to interview the interviewers. In fact, it is an opportunity for you to determine whether or not a company is suitable for you.
The success of an interview should be the last thing to worry about; luckily, we have put together a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts for you to stand a chance in securing your dream job.
Job seekers should follow these tips to the latter in order to succeed in an interview.
If you’re ready to learn, then let’s get started:
Let’s get started with the do’s of an interview since it is the most important. But, first up, ensure you gather all the important and necessary information about the company before heading for the interview.
When you receive an invitation for an interview, DO ensure that you know the name of the firm, the position you applied for, and perhaps the names of the professionals that would interview you.
Where to get their names? Linkedin is your albatross in this regard. Displaying to the interviewers that you have some knowledge of their background can actually impress them.
What’s more? DO find out the address of the firm, and if possible, the exact office number or floor number. You won’t also go wrong finding out about the parking space on the company’s premises.
Ensure you prepare for the interview ahead of the scheduled date
To prepare for the interview..
- DO research about their products or services, their competitors, financial status, and reputation.
- DO search Google and Linkedin to find out the entire management structure of the company.
- DO dress professionally. There is this popular saying that “you are addressed the way you dress”. If you are in any way not sure of what attire to wear, then consult a professional in this field for advice.
Ensure you impress the interviewers
To impress your interviewers..
- DO arrive at the interview location 20 or 30 minutes earlier. Arriving late for a job interview is not professional. The employers would see you as being unserious.
- DO communicate to the employers ahead of time should anything make you arrive late.
- DO switch off your phone during the interview session, unless you intend making use of it to demonstrate an accomplishment or a skill.
- DO greet the receptionists and other staff members with a high level of respect and courtesy.
- DO go with a notepad for you to jot down job-related information.
- Do make eye contact and shake hands with whoever you meet.
- DO wait until you are offered a chair before sitting.
- DO avoid using poor grammar and slangs.
- DO ask questions that would make you determine whether the company is a good place for you to offer your service.
- DO ask the interviewers about the next stage of the hiring process.
- DO write a wonderful “thank you” email after 24 hours of the interview session.
Just like we have the do’s that will guide you towards impressing your potential new employers, we also have a list of don’ts that if followed, will help you avoid certain scenarios that can possibly mar your chances of getting hired.
See them below..
As you are getting ready for the interview
- DON’T mistake a job interview invitation for a job placement. It is a wrong practice.
- DON’T assume you know it all without adequate preparation.
- DON’T arrive at the interview venue late.
During the interview
- DON’T drink, eat or attempt chewing gum during the interview.
- DON’T get drunk or contemplate smoking before the interview. The interviewers may order you out if they observe you are drunk.
- DON’T attempt to argue salary, bonuses, retirement, and vacations until you get an appointment letter.
- DON’T speak ill of your previous boss or former colleagues when citing reasons why you left your previous job.
- DON’T act desperate as if you can accept any offer.
- DON’T fidget.
After the interview
- DON’T forget to follow up on the hiring process. You can follow up on the hiring process of a job by sending an email or putting a call through to the company.
Now that you’re armed with the do’s and don’ts of an interview, if you follow through with them, we believe that your next interview would be a walkover.