Interview prep is often centered on what you should be doing – preparing for questions, researching the company and rehearsing. But what about those things that you DON'T want to do on an interview? Take a look at our list of Interview Don'ts:
- Don't forget about style points. Dress for success! Whip out that iron and make sure your outfit is crisp, clean and ready to go.
- Don't smoke. If you are a smoker, make sure you don't smoke before an interview. The smell can be bothersome and distracting.
- Don't be late. This is an obvious one. Show up about 15 minutes early to allow time to check in with security and fill out any application that may be needed.
- Don't name drop. Bringing up people you've met through work or just happen to know doesn't always sit well with interviewers. It can show a lack of confidentiality. And for all you know, the interviewer may know that person as well…and could know them better than you.
- Don't bring your coffee with you. You don't want to be juggling too much in your hands. And it may come off as being too casual.
- Don't ask about salary, benefits, or vacation time. Those items will be discussed at the offer stage and should be brought up by the hiring manager.
- Don't be negative. Don't speak poorly about your current or past employer. The interviewer can only assume that is how you will speak about them some day.