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Top 10 Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts
Top 10 Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts

First impressions are not only essential to the success of your interview, they are also difficult to change. To make sure you don’t end your interview before it’s really started, here is some instruction to the do’s and don'ts of job interview.

Job Interview Do’s

Examine your CV/application form
Examine the job role and your CV/application form, and think about what type of questions they will ask you

Do make eye contact
Make eye contact normally and do not fear it - you will find that it’s simpler when you’re relaxed and open.

Do sell yourself
Just as your CV and resume cover letter are adverts for your skills and knowledge, so too is the job interview itself - to an even bigger level. Use the interview time to reiterate the essential details about yourself and what you can provide the company, giving appropriate examples of projects you’ve led or projects you’ve nailed, in line with the interviewer’s questions. Make sure that all the things you say is relevant, but also make sure that what you do say sparks passion in your words - it’s this passion that all interviewers look for!

Do follow up
Following up with an email or a simple phone call is a way to reiterate your interest, giving you an additional chance to demonstrate your true passion for the job.

Do relax
Nervousness is common before (and during) a graduate job interview, but too many jitters and you may pay the price. If you do get stressed, just remember to breathe in normally, speak slowly and avoid to shake your hands together.

Walk in confidently
It’s important you look as professional as possible from the beginning. The moment you walk into the building you will begin to be judged on your behaviour. There are even instances where interviewers watch from their office as candidates arrive, to determine how their body language changes.

It’s ok to be nervous, but a smile can go a long way. It can make you look more comfortable, relaxed and personable. To put it simply, it is going to make you a lot more likeable.

Sit up straight
Avoid being too stiff, but try to sit up straight, maintaining the small of your back against the chair. Keep your legs straight and as still as feasible.

The colour you wear could change everything
What you choose to wear communicates a whole lot about who you are and how you want others to see you. Indeed, some research has shown that the colour you choose for an interview can determine how your future boss perceives you.

Dress the part of someone who is successful in your chosen field.
dress smartly, wisely, look bright and mindful and speak clearly with confidence. First impressions really depend on - studies show that recruiters make a judgement about whether to hire you within the first seven minutes on average

Job Interview Don'ts

Don’t play with your hair
Playing with your hair or touching your face will not only distract from what you’re saying, it may also recommend that you are nervous, or even worse

Don’t be too intense
Be careful, too much of eye-to-eye can sometimes come across as intimidating, or, at least just that small bit uncomfortable for the person interviewing you. To make sure this does not happen, treat the interview like a discussion with a distant relative; be polite, make eye contact, smile, but also look away once in a while, look at your notes or take in your surroundings while you think of a difficult question.

Don’t ask about money
It may be what you’re most anxious about but avoid from inquiring about a starting salary until you are absolutely certain the company is interested in taking your application further. Often it’s more secure to wait until you have been offered the job before you start talking about money - this also has the added reward of placing you in a better position to decide the salary you want, as you will now realize that you are their favorite candidate. Despite this, be very careful about your demands - know the going rate for similar graduate jobs in your area and take your abilities level into account before trying to raise the company’s offer

Don't tell lies
As well as being appropriate, passionate, un-slouching and brilliant, you also need to ensure that you truly possess all the skills that you say you might have. There’s no point in marketing yourself for a role that you don’t have the skills to do well. Rather, make the truth sound as good as it probably can, rather of just simply saying that you completed an internship, describe why this internship was a useful experience and what transferable abilities it gave you. If there are abilities you do not still have but are eager to acquire, be open regarding that too, you won’t be expected to know everything just yet.

Don’t chew gum, drink coffee or smoke during the interview; use breath mints or gum prior to arriving in the interview

Don't talk about controversial issues such as religious beliefs, politics and gender relations

Don't read from notes or your resume - you must be familiar enough with your very own background to be capable of talking about it unprompted

Don't touch your ears or your nose
Whatever you do, then, don't fidget with your ear lobes or clean your nose. This can, evidently, suggest that you may be lying.
In fact, fidgeting of any kind will always make you look anxious, so keep your hands under control.

Don’t answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no.” Explain every time possible. Describe those things about yourself that display your abilities, skills, and dedication. Give detailed examples.

Don't interrupt the interview panel member before they have finished asking you a question and never finish their sentences for them.

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