Graduates; What (not) to do during an interview


Here are some pointers on what to do and what not to do during an interview:

What to do

  • Research the company: Learn as much as you can about the company, including its history, values, and mission. This will help you prepare for the interview and show that you are genuinely interested in the job.
  • Dress appropriately: Dress professionally and in a way that is appropriate for the company culture. Pay attention to your grooming and hygiene as well.
  • Be on time: Arrive at the interview location early and be prepared to start the interview on time.
  • Listen carefully: Pay close attention to the interviewer’s questions and answer them honestly and thoughtfully.
  • Ask questions: Prepare some questions to ask the interviewer about the company and the job. This shows that you are interested and engaged.

What not to do

  • Don’t be late: Being late to an interview can create a bad first impression and make you seem unreliable.
  • Don’t dress inappropriately: Dressing too casually or too formally can be a turn-off for the interviewer.
  • Don’t speak negatively: Avoid speaking negatively about past employers or coworkers. This can make you seem unprofessional and difficult to work with.
  • Don’t be too casual: While it’s important to be yourself, avoid being too casual or informal during the interview. This can make you seem unprofessional and unprepared.
  • Don’t forget to follow up: After the interview, follow up with a thank you note or email. This shows that you appreciate the interviewer’s time and are still interested in the job.

Remember, the interview is an opportunity for the interviewer to get to know you and for you to learn more about the company and the job. By preparing ahead of time, being professional and engaged, and avoiding common pitfalls, you can increase your chances of landing the job.


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