Did you land a job interview? Congratulations! Now comes the hard part: the interview. We’re targeting things you should never say or do, so that your interview preparation is up-to-date. Some might be obvious, but these interview tips are classics for everyone.
- Don’t ask about money on the first interview. We all know money is the driving force for working, so bringing it up so soon comes across as greedy and can give the impression that you don’t care about the position itself. Wait until the second interview or phone call.
- Be polite to the receptionist. Many hiring managers will ask the receptionist what their impression of you was to gauge your personality and people skills.
- Be honest. Don’t answer the question “What is your weakness?” with “I’m a perfectionist.” It’s overdone and usually not truthful. Don’t use it.
- Remember to ask questions. However, asking “Do you have a website?” is not an acceptable one. You should never ask something you could have found out yourself. Try, “How did you come to your position?” or “What’s the company’s growth rate?”
- Be on time. Show as much care and preparation for the interview as you would for the job itself. Map out your route ahead of time so you don’t get lost driving and don’t forget to take into account peak traffic hours or possible detours.
Everyone slips up, and if you’ve committed one of these interviewing mistakes, the best thing to do is let it go and learn from it. If you want to share your dos and don’ts, or any additional interviewing tips, tweet us at @ResumeBOOST!