Careers

Interview Tips

Interview Do's and Don'ts

Here are some other "Do's" and "Don'ts" regarding the interview process.

Do

  • Plan to arrive a few minutes early. Arriving late creates a bad first impression.
  • Ask for directions when making arrangements for the interview.
  • Greet the employer by his/her surname (if you are sure you can say it correctly) and shake hands firmly.
  • Dress and act conservatively and businesslike.
  • Wait until you are offered a chair before sitting.
  • Act alert and interested, and ensure to get your good points across to the interviewer in a factual and sincere manner.
  • Be determined to get the job you are discussing!
  • Bring spare copies of your CV.

Don't:

  • Appear overly nervous. Project self-confidence. Try and relax.
  • Stare at the interviewer
  • Let your eyes wander all around
  • Smoke or chew gum
  • Give yes or no answers. Elaborate whenever possible and describe the things about yourself which relate to the position. However, don't waffle, lie or imply you are a miracle worker. Be truthful and as frank as possible in your answers.
  • Be preoccupied with note taking during the interview
  • Undersell yourself
  • Answer what you weren't asked
  • Leave anything important out

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