Top 10 interview dos and don’ts

Posted October 13, 2011, by Helen Isbister

Do maintain a positive and confident attitude.

Don't arrive late, sweaty and flustered – this will end the interview before it begins.

Do make sure you are well dressed.

Don't wear trackie dacks, thongs and singlets.

Do listen carefully to questions and instructions.

Don't leave your mobile phone on.

Do have a good understanding of the job and the company.

Don't go into the interview without doing your homework.

Do highlight what benefits you can bring to the company.

Don't ramble on about things that aren't related to the industry.

Do use your own experiences to answer the questions.

Don't exaggerate your previous experiences or skills (too much).

Do show passion and enthusiasm for the position.

Don't yawn, stare out the window or pick your nose.

Do promote your strengths and sell yourself.

Don't reveal the negative parts of your personal life just yet.

Do let the employer know you have a clear career plan.

Don't sound confused about where you're heading.

Do have a list of prepared questions to ask about the company and the position.

Don't act like a rabbit caught in the headlights when it's your turn to ask questions.

Helen Isbister

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