Interview Do's and Don'ts


  • Come alone - you don’t want the employer to think you need handholding!
  • Come a little early - it shows you are interested in the position.
  • Address the interviewer by title and name. Never call them by their first name, unless you are told to do so.
  • Shake hands firmly. Nobody wants a mouse or a bone-crusher working for them!
  • Wait until you are asked to be seated.
  • Maintain good eye contact. Failure to maintain eye contact with the interviewer can indicate a lack of interest, a lack of honesty, or a lack of sincerity.
  • Maintain good body language. Body language can reveal a lot about you, and can help create a positive or negative impression. Your interview is the time to stand tall, smile, be attentive, and concerned about your posture.
  • Take time to think about your answers to interview questions. Do not be afraid to ask for clarification if there are questions you don’t understand.
  • Be yourself. An interview is not the time to become theatrical, nor is it the time to be stiff and dull. In other words, be natural - be yourself!
  • Be positive. Stress your qualifications for the job and your readiness to undertake its duties.
  • Ask when you may call to learn about the hiring decision.


  • Smoke, eat or drink anything, even if invited to do so.
  • Apologize for your lack of experience.
  • Ask about salary or days off.
  • Handle anything on the interviewer’s desk.
  • Discuss personal problems, financial problems, and other jobs you did not get.
  • Criticize former teachers or employers.
  • Provide information which is not factual.
  • Beg for the job or hang around after the interview.


  • Could you describe a typical work day and the things I'd be doing?
  • Which duties are most important for this job?
  • Tell me about the problems connected with this job and how, as boss, those problems affect you.
  • How will I be trained or introduced to the job?
  • How long should it take me to get my feet on the ground and become productive?
  • How is this job important to the company - how does it contribute?
  • What are the department's goals for the year?
  • How many people work in your department? In the company?
  • Who are the people I'd be working with and what do they do?
  • How would I get feedback on my performances?
  • If hired, would I report directly to you, or to someone else?
  • Has the company had a layoff and was everyone recalled?
  • If you were to offer me this job, where could I expect to be in five years?
  • Could you give me a brief tour? I would enjoy seeing where your people work.
  • What could I say to convince you to offer me this job?
  • I want this job. Would you consider hiring me on a 30-day period to prove myself?