10 Quick Tips about Interviews

Photograph of William Simmons, receptionist at the White House, seated at his desk talking with an unidentified visitor.

  1. Smile! It’s contagious.
  2. Make eye contact, but don’t be creepy.  If you’re unsure, hold eye contact for five seconds, then look away. 
  3. Sit up straight, you’ll exude confidence.
  4. Mints are your best friend; pop a couple before you enter the building.  Avoid chewing gum as there is a possibility you may forget to dispose of it and mindlessly chomp on it during the interview
  5. Fight the urge to crack your knuckles, play with your hair, or touch your face too much.
  6. Have a conversation.  Neither party should feel as though they are reciting a monologue.
  7. Bring a pen, something to write on, and a few intelligently prepared questions for your interviewer.
  8. Do not discuss compensation.
  9. It’s ok to be a little selfish.  Investigate the company’s vision and mission statements, their principles, and what current employees love about working there to see if those ideals align with your own.
  10. Breathe, relax, and enjoy yourself.  Consider every interview you go on as practice for the next one.
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