A reminder of 10 Things to Avoid in an Interview - These still happen!
No eye contact. Make sure you can look that person in the eye, unless, of course, you stole their parking place on the way in.
The limp handshake. You won’t snap the interviewer’s hand off, it hasn’t happened yet! This lacks professionalism.
Acting arrogantly. A candidate only a couple months back asked me who he had to talk to to get the job. Because he really wanted it. Badly! I said, “You are in luck! You are talking to her.” It didn’t go well for him…Being courteous to all is very important. That Admin who assists you is a part of the company as much as the manager to whom you may report.
Answering your cell phone or texting. U R OUT A HERE☺ Unless your mom’s dying in the hospital, avoid temptation and keep your phone in the car. This is just unprofessional. Nothing at that moment is more important.
Bad-mouthing your boss. You may think he’s a jerk, but that jerk could be a friend of mine, or my cousin. A past problem may be a future problem.
Show up unprepared. Don’t have a job description? Nothing to write with? There are too many others who will be prepared. Don’t waste anyone’s time.
Focus on pay or change salary requirements. This is a job, not Fort Knox!
Have Zero questions. Really? I answered everything so well? Make sure you have well thought-out questions prepared and written down and do bring them with you. Don’t look as if you don’t care and don’t ask what the company does or how many employees. Google helps.
Dressing inappropriately. Dress the part. When in doubt, ask your mom or just put on that suit.
Dressing inappropriately, part II. For both men and women, no cleavage, shine your shoes, shave, cover tats, plug in that iron, put on a jacket (not a bowling jacket), comb your hair!