Do’s and Don’t’s of Job Interviews

Posted July 12, 2013 by Kim Dahlgren in Career Moves
Even before obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree this past May, I’d interviewed numerous places across varied work fields, usually landing a job no problem. The interview has always been my strongest asset during the job search; recently I spoke with a recruiter who didn’t think my skills were quite on par with the job qualifications, “They will love you, though,” she told me, as if our five minute discussion sold her on my ability to perform in the position.

Whether you’re miss personality or have a hard time getting through an interview without stuttering, here are a few do’s and don’ts I’ve figured out along the way.  

  • DO Show up prepared. I always arrive to an interview a few minutes early with my portfolio in hand. Whether that includes just a Resume or a handful of work samples, you be the judge. Being prepared also means researching the company you’re interviewing for, along with your interviewer. Which leads to…
  • DO Make a Personal Connection. In 5 minutes Google-ing your interviewer you may find out you attended the same college or are from the same city. Personal connections are a great way to find a common ground and relate to one another – suddenly you’re the job candidate the recruiter remembers.
  • DO Use Their Lingo. You should always keep the job listings of positions you apply for, they are the best place to find terms used by the company that you can slip into your own vocabulary or use to describe a previous position. If a listing calls for a “self-motivated go-getter,” relate it to your former sales position listed on your Resume.
  • DON’T Get Too Comfortable. It’s great when you really click with the person your interviewing with, but don’t slip into friend mode. Never swear or trash talk in an interview and keep the jokes to a minimum. Revealing too much in an interview is like talking too much on a first date; it rarely results in a 2nd.
  • DON’T Forget to Follow-Up. If sending a hand-written note to your interviewer seems like too much, be sure to craft a nice email following your interview. Mention something you really connected on during the interview, and reaffirm your interest in the position.

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Kim Dahlgren

Kim is a current undergrad student, as well as an Entertainment Reporter in the Los Angeles area. Founder of CakeandClass.Com.