Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Dos & Don’ts Of Interview Etiquette!

For many people, job interviews are the most stressful part of the job search process. But they don’t have to be if you prepare and practice!

Know the dos and don’ts of interviewing and be ready to address the three basic questions that are at the heart of every interview:

  1. Can you do the job?
  2. Do you want the job?
  3. Will you fit in?

WGU’s Career & Professional Development Center has put together all the resources you need to feel confident and prepared! Review WGU’s interviewing resources to help prepare for your next interview! For a practice interview and personalized assistance, contact your WGU Career & Professional Development Specialist.

1 comment:

  1. Would love to add, usually, at least in IT:

    DO arrive 15 minutes early, but DON'T alert your interviewer until 5 minutes before. Arriving very early will help if the parking lot is full, the floor plan is confusing, you need to use the restroom, the sign-in desk is busy and you must wait your turn, et al. Alerting your interviewer to your arrival more than 5 minutes in advance will put undue pressure on him/her who is probably in another meeting or heads down on a project.

    DO smile briefly but genuinely when you see your interviewer or someone calls your name. If you've looked him/her up on LinkedIn, you should recognize their face and have something to ask about -- their work history, schooling, favorite project.

    DO have something to ask about, at some point in the interview. No questions means that you either don't care about the position, didn't do your research, or didn't listen carefully while the interviewer was speaking. A good rule that has worked for me has been to have three questions: one about the job, one about the interviewer, and one about the company. The job question shows you care, the interviewer question will show that you are trying to fit into the culture -- interviewers are more likely to recommend a person that they feel a connection with, and the one about the company shows that you aren't desperately applying to every job that comes your way, or at least that you care about where you will work.

    DO have something to say, but DON'T talk too long. If you answer briefly and allow your interviewer/s to ask more specific questions, you can gauge their interest in your answer, and not give them information they didn't need. "Did I answer your question" is your best friend during an interview.