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Job Interview Dos and Don’ts

There are quite a few things that you should do and not do during an interview that could make the whole thing a lot easier for both you and the interviewer. I have listed them quickly in the table below.

Dos Don’ts
Arrive on time, or better yet 10 minutes early Be overly aggressive or egotistical
Refer to the interviewer by name. Spend too much time talking about money.
Smile and use a firm handshake. Act uninterested in the company or the job.
Be alert and act interested throughout. Act defensively when questioned about anything.
Maintain eye contact at all times. Speak badly about past colleagues or employers.
Make all comments in a positive manner. Answer with only yes or no.
Speak clearly, firmly, and with authority. Excuse your bad points about work history.
Excuse your bad points about work history. Excuse yourself halfway through the interview,
  even if you have to use the bathroom.
Promote your strengths. Ask for coffee or refreshments


Your Cover Letter

Creating the perfect cover letter does not have to be difficult. Cover letters are generally short and to the point. You should address your cover to someone in particular. You should never address your cover letter with “To whom it may Concern” or “Dear Sir/Madame” it is unprofessional and doesn’t show a genuine interest in the company or the job.

The cover letter is the sole purpose for looking at the resume. If it is written badly, the resume might not get a once over. In most cases, the resume is just as important as the resume, so I have briefly written the right formation of one.

The cover letter should begin with a basic greeting and the position that you are applying for. It should be no more than 2 lines long. The second paragraph should be a brief description of your qualifications and why you applied to work for them. The closing should announce an interest in hearing from them soon, and a thank you for their time. Here is a sample of a successful cover letter.

July 4, 2019

In regards to: The clerical position that is available.

Mr. Brown

Jackson St.

Jackson City,

FA 32443 Attention: Mr. Joe Brown

Dear Mr. Brown,

This letter is in regards to the clerical position that is recently available in your company. As my enclosed resume will show you, I have three years experience as a clerk.

During my career I have successfully integrated a new filing system for my previous employer, Wayne Law Firm that increased their productivity by 33%. That filing system is still in use there now, and has been integrated into two other companies.

I thank you for your time in reading this letter. I hope to hear from you once you have had time to read my resume.



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The Restaurant Interview

Sometimes recruiters will ask you to conduct your interview during lunch or dinner. It makes for a more relaxed setting for the recruiter, but you should remember that it is still an interview, and your behavior must be in accordance to that.

During this type of interview, you should try to look at it as a relaxing way for you to talk about and sell yourself to the recruiter. Making a little bit of small talk is expected. Do not bring up the topic of the interview until the interviewer does. He/she might want to get to know you a bit first.

Remember to talk about yourself, but do not get too personal. There are also basic points of etiquette and common sense rules that you should follow as well. They are as follows:

Remember your basic table manners, like putting your elbows on the table etc. Always fold your napkin on your lap before eating.

Do not order messy or sloppy foods. That includes finger foods like ribs, and extremely large sandwiches. Avoid pastas with thick sauces, and French fries.

Do not order the most expensive item on the menu either. Avoid alcoholic beverages if you can.

When you get up to use the restroom, place your napkin on your chair or on the arm of your chair.

Common sense; don’t smack your lips or talk with your mouth full. Always excuse yourself if you plan to leave the table for any reason.

Do not have your cell phone turned on.

Continue to speak formally to your interviewer unless requested not to.

After your interview is over, be certain to thank the recruiter for the meal and their time. Offer a firm handshake, and ask when you should expect to hear from them. It shows confidence and a continued interest in the job. Send a thank you card that same day.

After your interview is over, be certain to thank the recruiter for the meal and their time. Offer a firm handshake, and ask when you should expect to hear from them. It shows confidence and a continued interest in the job. Send a thank you card that same day.

After your interview is over, be certain to thank the recruiter for the meal and their time. Offer a firm handshake, and ask when you should expect to hear from them. It shows confidence and a continued interest in the job. Send a thank you card that same day.

Closing the Interview

Once you have run the bases of the interview, it is still important that you end the interview well. The hard part is over and now all that is left is for you close out the interview in the same winning manner.

Wait until your interviewer stands up or requests that you do. Give your closing greeting. Thank the interviewer for his taking the time to see you. Offer another firm handshake, and ask when you might know when you might expect to hear from them about their decision.

Extra Tips

With all of the information that was given in this manual, you would think that you have learned everything that there is to know about acing an interview. However there are still a few extra tips that you should know, and a few more helpful hints.

  1. Market your skills and related experience in the field that you are applying for. Be sure to do it in a way that is positive and not cocky.
  1. Researching the company before your interview is a good way to know where you would fit into it. It lets the employer know that you really want to be a part of the company too.
  2. Bring your list of questions with you in a folder with the company’s name on it with you so that you don’t forget them. You should also keep your extra resumes in there too.
  3. You want to describe your weaknesses as strengths. For example, saying that you are overenthusiastic about performing at your best.
  4. Since many interviewers ask you what your biggest fault might be, you should pick a fault that is actually a good thing. Try saying “I don’t take on projects that I can’t give 110% on.
  5. Let your interviewer bring up the topic of salary first.

Common Interview Questions

Every interview compiles of the interviewer asking you a great deal of questions. Many of them are standard questions that every interviewer asks. I’ve listed the most common questions that you will encounter during an interview to help you get a handle on them before you go to one. It is always good to be prepared.

By reading these common questions that interviewers ask, you will have a leg up on the competition. You will also have time to prepare your answers so that you don’t get stumped. So here is your key to acing a job interview.

  1. Tell me something about yourself. Remember, say something positive.
  2. How do handle stressful situations?
  3. How do you deal with criticism and stress?
  4. What is your definition of success
  5. Why do you think that you would fit in with this company? (This is where your research comes in handy)
  6. Have you ever been fired, and why?
  7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  8. Do you prefer to work on your own or as a team?
  9. Why are you interested in working for this company
  10. How do you handle a difference of opinion with your colleagues or superiors?
  11. Why should I hire you?




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