You’ve got a big interview coming up, but don’t sweat it. With these interview dos and don’ts from our panel of recruitment pros, you’ll be prepped and ready to crush your interview. Here’s what to do—and what not to do.

Sine Lorenzen says…

DO…
Bring a list of questions to the interview. When you’re asked if you have any questions, it’s absolutely okay to refer to this list. Why? Because it shows you’re prepared for the interview and committed to the position.

DON’T…
Show up to your interview unprepared. If you don’t have a grip on the company or team members you’re meeting with, you’ll seem indifferent to the position. Researching the company online will also help you determine whether the culture is right for you.

Tom Hausler says…

DO…
Arrive 15 minutes prior to your interview time. By allowing yourself this extra wiggle room, you’ll have some time to decompress, which means you’ll be less stressed than if you were rush into the interview at the last minute.

DON’T…
Be negative about past co-workers or past employers. It’s never a good look to bash previous experiences or blame other people for negative outcomes. Instead, keep it positive: spin a bad situation into an opportunity where you overcame a challenge.

Emily Frawley says…

DO…
Send a quick follow-up “thank you” message to the interviewer for their time, and express your excitement about the role. It can be brief—just a few sentences—but make sure to indicate that you are excited for the next steps in the process.

DON’T…
Forget about body language. Yes, you want to appear comfortable and engaged—but not too comfortable. Sitting up straight, smiling, nodding, and making eye contact indicate that you’re engaged and interested in what the interviewer is saying.

Kim Schultz says…

DO…
ASK. FOR. THE. JOB.  Seriously, if you’re leaving an interview—and you actually want the job—ask for it. After all, people aren’t mind readers. Literally say, “Is there any reason you would not hire me for this position, because I’m very interested and I want this job.”

DON’T…
Interview somewhere just to get a counteroffer from your current employer. This is so bad on so many levels, but it happens all the time. Counteroffers are rarely positive, usually because it tells your employer you have wandering eyes, and seeking more money probably isn’t the only reason why.

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