1. Don’t Be Unprepared
Make sure to take time to research the company, the owner’s and the position you are applying for. Nowadays, this information is so readily available, that you don’t want to be thee one candidate who doesn’t know what industry the company is in. Furthermore, this will show the hiring manager that you are going out of your way to learn about the company and that will only help you! Besides, knowing about the company will help you ask relevant questions throughout the interview – making you stand out from the bunch.
Being prepared also means arriving on time! Be sure to give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes for any unexpected delays that may occur.
2. Don’t Dress Casual
“Dress to Impress” couldn’t be more relevant right now. Creating a good first impression is essential and showing up in jeans and a t-shirt may completely disqualify you from any prospective positions. Even if the company isn’t a suit-and-tie company, be sure to choose a nice (ironed) shirt and pair them with dress pants. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed!
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions
This goes hand- in- hand with researching the company. An interview is a two-way street and you don’t want to be giving simple one sentence answers. Hiring managers are looking for someone to invest in – so be sure to sound genuinely interested in the company and it’s growth!
4. Don’t Trash Your Current Employer
This is HUGE don’t. If you’re unhappy with your current job, don’t show that in the interview. Be honest with your hiring manager about your current situation, but always talk about the good aspects of your job. Remember they are looking for someone that will fit in their company culture and negativity will definitely not make you the perfect candidate. Besides, if you’re trashing your current employer, they’ll only think that you’ll speak ill of them too a few years down the road!
5. Don’t Be Evasive
A good interviewer will ask plenty of direct questions. Be ready to provide direct answers. Honesty is the best policy. A good interviewer will watch your body language and inflection of voice for any telltale evasions.