I have four kids and have spent many hours reading books at night to my kids. One of the book, handed down by my parents, that has lasted throughout (the kids) is “Do’s and Don’ts” by Todd Parr.
The directions and advice offered from a children’s book offers parallels and advice that may be applied in various circumstances of day-to-day adulthood.
Amazon writes Do’s and Don’ts could be called an etiquette primer–sort of. “Do change your socks every day,” he tells us. “Don’t make anyone smell them,” he adds. “Do have lunch with a monkey,” but “don’t eat his bananas.” “Do brush your teeth after every meal,” but “don’t brush with peanut butter.” You get the idea.
I thought it would be appropriate to give you the “Do’s and Dont’s of Interviewing
Do arrive on-time to all interviews – including phone.
You want your first impression to be a great one! Tardiness may reflect upon you adversely.
Don’t be late so you feel you have to constantly apologize. Do wear appropriate attire for the interview. (If you do not know the environment call the day before and ask.)
Do bring a copy of your resume.
Do not bring a wrinkled or stained copy. Make sure it is up to date.
Do look at their website before interviewing.
Do not look at your phone while interviewing. Be sure that your phone is either off or on a silent setting. Do NOT answer your phone while in an interview
Do have a positive attitude
Don’t bad mouth your past employer, boss and or anyone else related to previous employment.
Do answer questions honestly
Don’t lie on your resume or in the interview. Lies will reflect someone you aren’t. Even if they help you get the your foot in the door, most transgressions will be brought to light and will affect you and your employer adversely eventually.
Do enjoy yourself
Don’t act needy or overzealous
Do explain your past employment experiences in as much detail as possible.
Don’t ramble on with stories that do not pertain to the position. Try not to exceed 45 seconds per answer unless asked
Do accept a great opportunity
Don’t waffle between jobs based on a difference of a few thousand dollars.
Do think about YOUR career goals.
Don’t jump at the first opportunity just because it is offered.
Do read all of my blog post so I can use Google ads and I can retire. 🙂
Special thanks to Lindsey for the helping editing the post. Yeah Lindsey..