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Job Interview Basics

15 Job Interview Basics for every interview

  • 23334015_sBring extra copies of your resume and a list of references, just in case
  • Dress appropriately. It’s better to be over- than under-dressed for a job interview. Never wear jeans.
  • Arrive early, ten to fifteen minutes in advance.
  • Smile and be polite to everyone you meet. You never know who’s standing next to you in the elevator.
  • Be confident, not arrogant.
  • Don’t smoke or chew gum. Try to control nervous mannerisms like playing with jewelry.
  • Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Don’t look around the room or out the window.
  • Demonstrate your energy and enthusiasm about the job and the company
  • Use relevant examples to sell an employer on your skills
  • Answer questions completely, but don’t ramble. Try to limit your answers to about a minute or two, at the most
  • Have questions ready for the interviewer
  • Never make negative comments about previous employers. You never know who they know.
  • Be honest about your accomplishments
  • Ask for the job directly. Don’t just say you’re interested, ask to be hired.
  • Send a thank-you note within 24-hours


About Annette Richmond, MA

Annette Richmond, MA, CARW, CCELW, is a Certified Resume Writer, Certified LinkedIn Profile Writer, and former recruiter. Her career advice has been featured by Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster, Vault, and WSJ. She helps motivated, senior level professionals tell their unique career story. She also serves as executive editor of career-intelligence.com.


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