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Have an Upcoming Job Interview? Here’s a List of Dos and Don’ts

If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail, as the adage goes. Here’s some tips ahead of your big interview you’ll want to read.

Interview Dos

Research about the company and know the job scope before the interview

Print extra copies of your resume

Arrive 15 minutes before your interview slot

Greet your interviewers by their title (Ms., Mr.)

Sit up straight, maintain good eye contact

Explain the skills, work experiences and positive attributes that you have to offer, relating them back to the job role

Be confident, authentic and polite

Listen and look out for cues on what the employer is looking for in a candidate. Do they value drive? Empathy? Willingness to learn? If so, be sure your answers speak to that

Prepare to ask at least 1 question to the interviewer

Write a personalised “Thank You” email to the interviewers within 24 hours

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Interview Don’ts

Speak negatively about former colleagues, supervisors or employers

Answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no”. Instead, elaborate your answers using the C.A.R model to highlight your skills, personal attributes, and achievements

Lie. If you have to mention about a past mistake (e.g. criminal record or if you were asked to leave by your previous company), be truthful and focus on what you have learnt from the mistake

Bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems. Keep things professional. Employers are interested in your value-add to the company

Enquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, or other benefits yet. Let them present an offer first.

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