Put your best foot forward: dos and don'ts of a job interview

Last updated: June 19, 2024
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Interviews can be challenging during the best of times and now during the pandemic even more so. Selling your skills and expertise to a stranger while they drill you with unknown questions doesn’t come naturally to most, but is an essential step of the #interview process.

Let’s take a look at some tips to ensure you make a GREAT first impression!

Prepare, prepare, prepare

Interviews are ALL about preparation! Make sure you spend a little time going on the company’s website. Find the specifics of the position you are applying to. Make a list of the skills, knowledge, and professional and personal qualities that are required by the employer and those that are critical for success in the job. Then make another and list all of YOUR qualifications.

Draw a line connecting the two that match up. Make it a point to casually highlight these things during the interview. Prove that you are a great fit for them! Also be sure to check out the company’s mission and anything important about them make a note of it. This will also help you prepare to answer interview questions about the company should they come up.

3-4 days before the interview, practice answering some questions and rehearse that elevator pitch so you are prepared to talk about who you are and what YOU bring to the table!

Dress to impress

Show the interviewer that you appreciate their time by dressing the part! Your outfit acts as a first impression when you walk into the room or they see you on camera. Before you even say a word, your choice of clothing can say a lot about who you are.

Be sure to check out tips on what to wear to an #interview here in this post!

Watch your body language

Sitting up straight exudes confidence so avoid slouching. Instead keep your back straight and when appropriate lean forward just slightly to show you are interested. Avoid reclining back into the chair fully as this can make you seem bored or distracted.

Be sure sure to also avoid any habits that come out when you are nervous such as tapping your fingers on the table, having restless legs, touching your hair, biting your nails, etc. Also avoid crossing your arms or placing items in your lap; these habits indicate defensiveness, and nervousness when what you really need to convey confidence and strength.

Practice active listening

When you are in an interview make sure to BE in the interview. What does this mean? No daydreaming, no looking at your phone, AND no looking down. Keep those eyes up and maintain great eye contact to let the interviewer know that you are there and listening to what they are saying. When they are speaking be sure to let them and avoid interrupting. Just sit there and quietly take it in!

Take notes

Jot down a few important notes here and there. You want to show that you are being attentive and are interested in what they are saying, but you shouldn't be feverishly writing the entire conversation.

Show your appreciation

At the end of the interview be sure to follow up and thank them for their time. Mention that it was a pleasure speaking with them concerning the opportunity! After it's over, send a thank-you note via email to everyone you spoke to during the interview.

Need more tips? Check out how to ace your next virtual interview!


**What do YOU think is important to do during an interview? **

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Shakur Egypt Juda'ha
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Not to seem over the top , but we now live in a society that seems to overly go past its usual way of hiring potentially skilled professionals , we now place our native born citizens under a tremendous amount of strutiny for a simple dishwasher position … We have people of foreign places coming in to work for less money without proper identification or even background checks & The fortunate owners of these businesses seem to want to pry into our complete world … Eradicating every ounce of your information & then tell you , ( you don’t meet the requirements they are currently looking for …. Well , my baby moma did , so maybe , I’ll look into becoming a full time ( skeet shooter…( excuse the pun) What qualifies you to be an outstanding pot scrubber ? Give Blacks their opportunities back , otherwise, I’ll make a full report to God to shut you down immediately & for ever …. Whatever became of the Great Nation America was … In comes Technology, out goes Caring for disadvantaged Americans …..

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WILLIS MCKENZIE
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Hope to be part of team sòon

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Indra Souza
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Very helpful good work thank you

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Kayode Ogundare
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Thank you for your accepting my request

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Fannie Burns
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Intermediate Typist Clerk at Lac Usc Medical Center

Be confident, sit up strait & be attentive, be honest with good eye contact; not appear nervous.

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Mark Jorges
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Most of the interviews now taking place are remote. As long as you're wearing a nice shirt and have a home office, that's really all you need. Once you reach a certain point as a professional, it become more about what does this opportunity mean to me and what are they offering for my set of skills/education/experience.

Be confident in what you bring to the table and be prepared to say no to an employer.

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