Interviews can be an excellent way to showcase your qualifications to get you a job offer. Here are a few tips on what you should and shouldn't do at an interview.
Do your research.
Before going into your interview, it's a good idea to research the organization to be aware of its mission statements, achievements, and goals. You may want to pay attention to their mission statement to show employers that you're proactive and knowledgeable.
Do practice common interview questions.
It's a good idea to practice answering common interview questions so that you are prepared for them at your next interview.
Do ask informed questions.
Preparing some questions that you would like to ask the interviewer in advance shows that you have an interest in the company. You can ask questions about organizational goals or workplace culture.
Do dress appropriately.
Remember to dress appropriately for the industry that you are applying to. If you're not sure, it's always best to stick to the conservative side to portray yourself as more serious. Make sure you are well-groomed and clean even if you are doing a virtual interview.
Do follow-up post-interview.
You can increase the chances of getting a job offer if you follow up after the interview. Send an email to the interviewer, thanking them for taking the time to speak with you.
Don't make negative comments.
Try your best not to make negative comments about your previous employers or instructors, which doesn't leave a good first impression. Instead, you can highlight positive aspects of the company that caused you to apply for the job.
Don't let your phone ring during the interview.
Make sure that you switch your phone to silent mode. Even if it does ring or a message comes on, ignore the notification and apologize for any interruptions.
Don't be too casual during the interview.
As much as you to be yourself at an interview, don't get too comfortable. For example, when sitting down for an interview, whether it be online or in-person, be mindful of your body language. Don't slump in your chair; sit upright at the edge of the chair to look engaged and interested in the interview.
Don't talk about controversial topics.
Avoid discussing politics, religion, or any other controversial topics during an interview. You should focus on the position you are applying for and what skills you can bring to the job.
We hope that you found these interview tips helpful and also wanted to remind you that you can visit Reeves College's Career Services department for more job search support.