Interviewing Do's and Don'ts: Tips for Today's Jobseekers
Are you considering applying for another position on campus? We would like to share with you some tips for a successful interview process.
Be prepared to apply on-line for an opening on campus. The HR office no longer accepts paper applications.
Do check the cover letter and resume, or on-line application, for typos and grammatical errors. Errors demonstrate a lack of attention to detail.
Do provide professional references from current and former employers and/or supervisors. Friends and co-workers are not acceptable.
Don’t falsify application materials.
First impressions say a lot about a person so dress for success. Your appearance, tone of voice, and conduct contribute to the impression that you make.
Do pay attention to your personal appearance and dress appropriately.
Do plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Late arrival is never excusable. If you are running late, do phone.
Don’t bring food or a drink to the interview.
The goal of the interview is to find out more about what the job is really about. It is also an opportunity for the interviewer to see how you present yourself in person. Your first impression can either be a great start or the end of your interview.
Do know the name(s) and title(s) of the individual(s) you will be meeting with.
Do offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer.
Do wait until you are offered a chair before sitting.
Do remember body language and posture; sit upright and look alert and interested at all times.
Do make good eye contact during the interview.
Do talk professionally and not in a casual manner.
Do make sure your cell phone is shut off during the interview.
The interview should be a conversation. Don’t just answer the interviewer’s questions. Make sure you are prepared to talk about yourself, but also about the department and what you can offer them.
Do be prepared to explain your work history, skills, interest, abilities and goals, and how they relate to the position.
Do be prepared to give examples that demonstrate transferable skills.
Do have questions prepared to ask the interviewer.
Do ask for clarification if you do not understand a question.
Don’t show a lack of interest or enthusiasm.
Don’t make excuses for unfavorable factors on your record.
Don’t talk negatively about a current or previous supervisor or boss
Don’t make negative comments about previous employers; keep comments positive.
The interview process should be a rewarding experience so plan ahead and be prepared!