Interview Do's and Don'ts
As a company, we strive to deliver high quality services and resources to our clients of various industries. Our team has prepared the following list of Interview Do’s and Don’ts to assist you in your interviews.
- Bring copies of your resume, cover letter, and other documents requested
- Wear the right outfit. If you are unsure of the client’s dress code, contact us and we will help you
- Arrive on time, or 10 to 15 minutes early. Plan for unexpected traffic or other delays
- Be aware of how you are carrying yourself while waiting for the interview to begin, during the interview, and as you are leaving the interview
- Learn how to anticipate interviewers’ questions by reviewing your resume and experience
- Rehearse your answers to potential tough questions
- Answer the questions honestly and directly. Be prepared to discuss negative experiences and what you learned
- Be mindful of your answers. Listen well to the questions, and organize the points of your answers
- Prepare the right questions for the interviewers, and show that you are actively listening, i.e. ask questions related to what the interviewers talked about but be careful of asking questions that they have provided answers to
- Be unprepared. It sounds obvious but often candidates forget certain information they need to know or documents they need to bring
- Have a lack of research on the company, industry, and your field. Employers want to know why you care to work for their company
- Rehearse too much. Practice is important, but you want to make sure your answers are as genuine as possible
- Address salary or benefits too early or before the interviewer does. They want to see what you can do for the company, not what is in it for you
- Bad mouth your previous jobs or managers. It gives your interviewers negative vibes and takes away a sense of your professionalism
Most Common Interview Questions
- What are your short and long term objectives? How do they align with this position?
- What is most important to you in a new position?
- What is your dream job?
- What is your ideal work environment?
- Why would you excel at this job?
About Your Experience
- Why did you leave your last job? / Why are you thinking about leaving your job?
- What is your biggest accomplishment? / What are you most proud of?
- Tell me about a challenge or conflict you have faced at work, and how you dealt with it
- Why did you decide to pursue a career in this field?
- Which technology / program have you had most experience in and comfortable with?
About the Position and the Company
- Why do you want to work here? / Why this position?
- What interests you most about this position?
- What do you know about our company so far?
- What would your first 30, 60, and 90 days look like in this role?
- What do you think we could do better or differently?
Phone Interview Do's and Dont's
- Make sure that you have alloted enough time to complete the phone call.
- Ensure that you are in a quiet place during the interview.
- Gather basic information about the caller. Know his/her name, the job and the company that they are calling about. This will help you best answer the questions at the time of the interview.
- Ensure that your have read and reviewed the job description ahead of time, as well as having it easily accessible during the interview.
- Don’t get overwhelmed when difficult questions arise.
- Don’t rush your answers.
- Don’t ask questions that cover the following: benefits, salary, start dates, internal processes.
It is important to be confident when answering the questions. Challenging questions may arise to judge your ability in handling difficult situations in the workplace. Take your time before answering the question, if you are unsure, ask politely to clarify or repeat the question.
To help answer difficult questions during a phone or an in-person interview, follow the S.T.A.R model:
Examine situation you faced within the job (What was the issue)
Analyze your response to the situation (How you could respond to the issue)
Steps you took (What you did to resolve the issue)
The end product (What was the end result of your action)
The following are some questions that you should avoid asking during an interview. These can send wrong messages to interviewers in the early stages of the interview process:
• How much does the job pay?
• Can I telecommute for this role?
• How much sick pay do I get?
• How quickly can I get a raise?
• How soon can I take vacation time after I start work?
• What other benfits do you provide?
• What does the company do?
• How old is the company?
• Does anyone monitor my work?
• Do you do background checks?
• Did I get the job?
• Why do you recruit like this?
• How many hours will I be expected to work every week?
• How long is lunch?
• Can I work another job part time?
• How did I do?
• Is it easy to get away with stuff around here?
• How long is your probation period?
• How late do I have to stay at work?
Before asking questions it is always important to consider the relevance of the question and if it is appropriate to ask.