Here at Doostang we like to advise you on all the things you should be doing during an interview. But it’s also important to know what sort of actions you need to avoid. Some of these may seem obvious, yet jobseekers often make related missteps along the way. So let’s revisit the basics:
If you are familiar enough with a company to know that the office culture is very relaxed, it may feel silly walking into an interview in a suit and tie. Nevertheless, it’s important that you dress up for an interview. Putting effort into your wardrobe shows that you take the company and the job seriously. And even if the rest of the office is in shorts and T-shirts, they’ll appreciate that you care enough about the interview to dress up for it. No one will judge you if you show up looking polished and professional – they might if you dress like a slob.
Don’t Talk on the Phone
It’s obvious that you should, by no means, answer your phone during an interview. But take that a step further and don’t talk on the phone at all while you are visiting a company. Before you even enter the building, switch your phone to silent, or, better yet, turn it off. Not only is it important to do this in order to avoid the temptation of answering it, but also it ensures that your cell won’t go off while you’re speaking with the hiring manager. The interview lasts from the moment you step foot in the door until the moment you leave, and it’s imperative that you show respect and remain alert. Silence is golden!
Don’t Get too Relaxed
While you want to give off an air of confidence, don’t get cocky and start slouching in your chair during the interview. It’s wonderful to have a fluid, easy-going conversation with an interviewer, but if you are too much at ease, they might think that you don’t really care. Remain alert and engaged, appearing more eager than cozy.
Stay tuned for more interview “don’ts”, and make sure to brush up on your interview “do’s”. Now go get ‘em!
Until next time,
The Doostang Team