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Dos and Don'ts of Interviewing


  • Take identification (driver's license, Social Security card, or passport) and extra resumes.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early.
  • Smile.
  • Shake hands firmly.
  • Try to relax.
  • Be polite and friendly.
  • Show enthusiasm for the opportunity to work.
  • Speak clearly and distinctly.
  • Allow the employer to complete what he or she is saying with out interruption.
  • Listen carefully.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Tell the interviewer that you are willing to work hard.
  • Use the interviewer's name in the conversation.
  • At the end of the interview, ask when you might hear about a decision.
  • Thank the interviewer for his/her time.
  • Send a thank you letter expressing your interest in the job and the company.


  • Chew gum or use tobacco before or during the interview.
  • Slouch.
  • Fidget.
  • Be late.
  • Be rude or present a negative attitude.
  • Mumble.
  • Stare off into space.
  • Forget the name of the interviewer.
  • Go to the interview without doing research about the company.