Things you should Not be Doing during an Interview


interview-dontDon’t for Interview – Things which you should avoid doing in an interview:

1. Don’t be unprepared for typical interview questions. You may not be asked all the questions in every interview, but being unprepared will not help you.

2. Don’t act as though you would take any job or are desperate for employment.

3. Don’t slouch, and don’t sit rigidly on the edge of your chair. Don’t go to extremes with your posture.

4. Don’t make negative comments about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers.

5. Don’t make excuses. Take responsibility for your decisions and your actions.

6. Don’t answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no.” Explain whenever possible and give detailed examples. Describe those things about yourself that showcase your talents, skills, and determination.

7. Don’t falsify application materials or answers to interview questions.

8. Don’t give the impression that you are only interested in an organization because of its geographic location or you are only interested in salary; don’t ask about salary and benefits issues until the subject is brought up by your interviewer.

9. Don’t bring up or discuss personal issues or family problems.

10. Don’t answer cell-phone calls during the interview, and do turn off or set cell-phone to silent mode.

11. Don’t make the interviewer guess what type of work you are interested in; it is not the interviewer’s job to act as a career advisor to you.

12. Don’t exhibit frustrations or a negative attitude in an interview.

13. Don’t smoke before or in the interview even if allowed.

14. Don’t take your parents, spouse, fiancé, friends or pets to an interview.

15. Don’t assume that a female interviewer is “Mrs.” or “Miss.” Address her as “Ms.” unless told otherwise.