Interviewing Do's & Don't s

 Developing your interviewing skills involves preparation and practice. Here are some tips to help.


  • Maintain good eye contact and shake hands with everyone in the interview
  • Develop your English language skills
  • Know your work authorization options and be able to discuss if asked
  • Become comfortable talking about your successes and accomplishments
  • Sit up in your chair
  • Turn off your phone
  • Speak confidently and with appropriate volume
  • Spend time reading the job description to learn what skills the employer is seeking
  • Pause to organize your thoughts before answering
  • Have an answer to “Tell me about yourself”
  • Know your strengths and be prepared to discuss when you have used them
  • Know your weaknesses and be able to discuss how you are managing them
  • Have questions for the interviewer(s) prepared in advance
  • Research the company or organization and articulate your knowledge of what they do/who they serve
  • Think about experiences you have had at work, school, and in other activities. Create a CAR (Context – Actions- Results) story to discuss your experience and how it relates to the job.
  • Follow up within 24 hours by sending an email thanking the interviewer(s) for their time
  • PRACTICE with a career counselor (mock interview), with friends, or in front of the mirror
  • Be late – ever! Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early.
  • Interrupt the interviewer
  • Speak badly about previous employers or co-workers
  • Answer questions with “yes” or “no”. Give some details.
  • Wear colognes or perfumes, or smoke in your interview clothes.


Interviewing Guidebook

Download or review our Interviewing guidebook for assistance with interview preparation.

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