Module 4: My job interview

2. Dos and Don'ts

Adequate behaviour tips:

  • present yourself (with a handshake);

  • wait until your asked to sit down;

  • sit down and maintain a proper posture, avoid crossing your arms or slipping on the chair;

  • be careful with fidgeting and constantly manipulating objects;

  • be natural. Give a nice look and good mood (don’t exaggerate!)

  • look straight to the interviewer;

  • show interest and be attentive;

  • don’t interrupt, know how to listen;

  • be clear and objective, don’t digress;

  • answer with a clear voice and assertively, don’t moan;

  • ask for explanation, in a polite manner whenever you aren’t sure of what the question is about;

  • show motivation and interest about the position you’re applyng to;

  • be prudent, if personal topics come to the conversation.Don’t enter in personal details;

  • show that you know the company’s business activity.
  • cutting in when the interviewer is speaking;
  • criticizing your last employer or company you’ve worked in;
  • stating facts that you can’t show proof of;
  • expressions that show doubt or indecision, like “maybe…”, “I’m not sure…”, “I’ve never thought about that…”;
  • evading the issues; 
  • pointing out your weak qualities/characteristics;
  •  continually moving in the chair;
  •  begging the work; 
  •  being arrogant;
  •  self praising; 
  • chewing a gum;
  •  insisting a lot in the salary topic.
If you have little experience

Appreciate your academic and professional qualifications, your positive attitude towards work, your ability to learn and your desire to work for the employer. Show willingness to learn and desire to progress.

In the end

Wait for the interviewer to finish the interview; get up after the interviewer; thank the interview and do not forget that until you leave, you will still be observed.

After the interview

  •  Rejection is part of the job search process, look at it as a learning experience!
  •  Keep a positive attitude and think of the next application as a new opportunity!
  • Analyse the interview and identify more positive and less positive aspects as well as those that could be improved.

Face to face communication

In order to improve your communicative skills you should:

  •  speak clearly and audibly;
  • speak in a not too loud nor too quiet voice;
  • speak in a calm pace, not too quick nor too slow ;
  • concentrate on the message you want to convey;
  • be brief and use simple vocabulary;
  • show interest;
  • smile, be polite.