Our Experts | Matt Stutin
You’ve heard the long list of “dos.” Show up on time. Prepare responses. Plan what to wear. The list goes on and on. But what would you think if I told you there are just as many “do nots” when it comes to a successful interview.
Here are a few of the big “do nots” to remember on your next interview:
- Do not… arrive too early. This is almost as bad as arriving late. People don’t want you sitting around in their waiting room for an hour. It will make your interviewer feel rushed, and probably confused about why you’ve arrived so early. It’s good to give yourself extra time to find your interview location and battle through traffic, so you should expect to arrive a little early, but don’t go into the building until about 10 minutes prior to your interview time.
- Do not… bring people with you to your interview. Not your wife, your boyfriend, your kids or your mom. Come alone. If you absolutely have to come with someone because you need a driver, do not have them come into the building.
- Do not… be rude to the receptionist. Or the man you see in the parking lot. These are potentially your future coworkers, and the gatekeepers to the company. Do not think they are less important than you. If you are rude, they will likely let the person making the hiring decision know.
- Do not… overlook personal hygiene. Obviously, you should shower and come dressed in clean, neat and appropriate clothing. Beyond that, play it smart. Do not over do it on the cologne or perfume. If you wear makeup, choose a neutral style. If you’re a smoker, avoid smoking before your interview so you smell fresh.
- Do not… show up unprepared. You might think it’s “just another interview,” but taking the time to read over the job description and research the company will go a long way to show your interest in the position during the interview. Additionally, be sure to bring multiple copies of your resume and any other parts of a portfolio that might be relevant to the job you are hoping to land.
- Do not… bring your cell phone. And certainly, don’t use your cell phone during the interview. If you have your cell phone on you, keep it tucked away in a pocket or purse, and make sure it’s on silent. There’s nothing worse than having your phone go off during an interview.
- Do not… forget to say thank you– just like your mama always said. A simple card, a quick email or even a firm handshake and the words “thank you” at the end of the interview will help you to leave a mark with the interviewer.