DO’S and DON’T

Silly I know but do you really know the DO’s and DON’Ts

  • DON’T be late. Ideally try to arrive a few minutes early. Companies generally have corporate information in their reception area and this is a rich source of last minute memory-jogging information on the company
  • If the employer presents you with an application form to complete, DO fill it out neatly and fully
  • DO create a positive first impression by smiling and shaking your interviewer’s hand firmly
  • DO wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright in your chair. Look alert and interested at all times. Show that you are a good listener as well as a good talker. Smile
  • DON’T smoke even if the employer smokes and offers you a cigarette, and don’t have a nervous smoke for at least 30 minutes before hand
  • DON’T chew gum, eat or take a water bottle with you
  • DO look your interviewer in the eye while you talk to them
  • DON’T answer questions with just a simple “yes” or “no”. Explain wherever possible but don’t go off on a tangent
  • DO make sure that your good points come across to the interviewer in a factual, logical and sincere manner. Stress achievements
  • DON’T waffle
  • DON’T lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and as succinctly as possible
  • DON’T ever make derogatory comments about your present or former employers or companies
  • DO always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job.
  • Never close the door on an opportunity. It is better to be in a position where you can choose from a number of offers rather than only one
  • DO show your enthusiasm for the job if you are interested, e.g. ask for the job or a second interview/meeting