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6 First Interview Do’s and Don’ts

19 October 2012 4 Comments

First interviews are the biggest interviews. They tell the recruiter whether or not they want you to move on to the next process for the position. There are basic do’s and don’ts when it comes to your first interview so be careful and take heed:

Do brag about yourself:

Believe it or not this is your chance to brag about your talents. This means be confident in when describing your skills and your past experiences. By no means do not gloat and come off as too good for the company. Bragging means being confident about you, they will want to know why you think you are a good fit for the company.

Don’t get too personal:

More often than you think, job candidates have disclosed too much personal information about themselves in the first interview. The first interview is to basically go over your resume, your skills; how you can help their company if it is something you would be interested. Avoid going into too much detail of your personal life. Stay on topic of your education, past work experiences and any hobbies that may benefit the position.

Don’t forget your resume:

Always bring an extra copy of your resume even if the recruiter states that they have a copy. A good rule of thumb is to always come over prepared than under prepared. Sometimes the recruiter can misplace or forget your resume. Bring extras in a nice folder or portfolio and offer then another one if they need it.

Do follow up with a thank you:

It’s all about leaving with good impressions. Always thank your recruiter for the opportunity they have given you. Some recruiters have stated that they had to two equally qualified candidates and that they went with the candidate that followed up with a thank you letter. You can leave a handwritten thank you letter for the receptionist to deliver to the recruiter or even a simple thank you email will definitely leave a lasting impression.

Don’t be late:

Whatever you do, never, ever be late. Not even 4 minutes late. The day of your interview be sure that you leave for it with plenty of time for traffic or accidents. If you arrive too early, then feel free to wait in the lobby or parking lot before heading in.

Do dress professionally:

Most times the recruiter will let you know of the dress code. If not it is acceptable to ask them what the office dress is. If they say it is casual, go ahead and still dress professionally. You can skip the suit jacket and ladies you can skip the high heels and wear flats. But when in doubt always dress professionally, you want to dress to impress.

Good luck in your first interview and have fun! Be yourself and be confident, look and act the part. This is strictly the first interview and more of get to know you on a professional level. Now hurry, you don’t want to be late!

Author Byline:

Ken Myers as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance. He is a regular contributor of “www.gonannies.com/”. You can get in touch with him at kmyers.ceo@gmail.com.




  • moneybeagle said:

    I agree with all these. To add a bit, if you do brag about yourself, be prepared to answer any follow-up question in detail. I interviewed people and if they bragged about something they were really good at, I would probe and try to get more information. If they followed through and impressed me, chances were pretty good, but if they stumbled or danced around the question, it showed that it wasn't really bragging, but more like embellishing, and they were likely done.

  • Terry Jones said:

    I'd also add one more thing. If you want to make a good impression, one of somebody that has no time to waste, don't wait for the interviewer to call you. Instead, the very moment the receptionist appointed you, just walk through the boss' room and sit in front of him. If you just stand on the doorway waiting for the command, you're looking like the naughty kid at the school's principal office.

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    Having been on both sides of the interview fence, I'd like to add another trip for first interviews. Don't bring up salary or benefits until the interviewer brings it up, or toward the end of the interview. Otherwise, you'll sound like that's more important to you than doing a good job.

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