So you’ve got the interview. You’ve passed all the initial requirements for the job; you’ve got the qualifications and relevant experience. Now, they want to meet you and see if you are personally up for the job. You’ll prepare answers to questions, research the job so as you don’t make a fool out of yourself. You might even daydream about having the job for a little while.

There is a certain technique when it comes to interviews. What to say, when to say it, when to smile and when to shake someone’s hand – it mostly comes with experience. There are however, a certain number of things that you must do and not do. These are things that may make or break your interview. Here are some Interview Dos and Don’ts.

Interview Dos

  • Always convey a positive tone and attitude.
  • Make sure you are well dressed – make sure your shirt is ironed and your shoes are shined.
  • Listen carefully to any instructions and questions. You don’t want to seem like you aren’t dependable and always ready to work.
  • Read up on the job and the company before hand. Be ready for the “So do you understand what you’ll be doing here?” question.
  • Highlight what you can bring to the company. Focus on what makes you better than the competitors
  • Use your own experiences in your answers.
  • Show that you are passionate and enthusiastic for the job.
  • Let the employer know that you have a career plan.
  • Have a few questions to ask the employer about the company – this shows that you’re genuinely interested in the job.

Interview Don’ts

  • Don’t arrive late and flustered – this might be a deal breaker.
  • Don’t wear trackies, flip-flops and singlets
  • Remember to turn off your mobile phone
  • Don’t ramble about unrelated topics
  • Don’t exaggerate your previous experiences and qualifications
  • Be attentive – don’t yawn or stare out the window
  • Don’t talk about your personal life, or anything that may be seen as negative
  • Be confident – don’t sound confused about your position.

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