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Do’s and Don’ts for Interviews

Hoping to land your dream job or an amazing summer internship? Well, here are 13 do’s and 13 don’ts that are sure to prepare you for your next interview. There are many tips and tricks to have a successful interview, and these are the main things to remember before and after the interview.


  1. Research the company and the position you’re applying for, according to
  2. Research common interview questions and practice your answers, according to
  3. Dress appropriately for the job you want, be neatly groomed, and dress relatively conservatively, according to
  4. Map out how to get to the location before the interview, and plan to arrive 10 minutes early, according to
  5. Bring all requested paperwork with extra copies, according to
  6. Be polite and cordial to everyone you meet; you never know whose opinion will count, according to
  7. Offer a firm handshake and make eye contact when meeting someone, according to
  8. Approach the interview with enthusiasm, according to
  9. Give detailed answers to questions with examples, according to
  10. Close by indicating that you want the job and ask about next steps, according to
  11. Get business cards from your interviewers, according to
  12. Write down some notes after your interview, according to
  13. Write a thank you note and send it within 24 hours of the interview, according to


  1. Rehearse your answers so much that you sound like you’re just reciting from memory, according to
  2. Be late, according to
  3. Lie, according to
  4. Arrive stressed, according to
  5. Bring anyone else with you to the interview, according to
  6. Slouch, fidget or yawn while being interviewed. Don’t chew gum, bring food or drink, according to
  7. Speak negatively about your current or former company, boss or coworkers, according to
  8. Make excuses, according to
  9. Be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question, according to
  10. Answer every question with a simple “yes” or “no” answer, according to
  11. Bring up personal or family problems, according to
  12. Answer your cell phone, check messages or text during an interview, according to
  13. Call immediately after the interview to find out if you got the job, according to

Use these points as a checklist when preparing for your interview. Remember, these are simply tips to help you become more effective in an interview, but don’t get discouraged if you don’t get the job.

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure,” Bill Gates said, according to

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