I have been to many interviews in my short life so far and I consider myself a near expert in the subject. Here is what I have learnt, I hope it helps all you budding career women out there.
The Do's and Don'ts of interviewing:
DO arrive at your interview a couple of minutes early if possible. Being late for an interview, even if only slightly, is never acceptable and will usually ruin your chances right there and then.
DO greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and good eye contact.
DO wait until you are offered a chair before you sit down. Sit upright and maintain good, positive eye contact throughout the interview. This will show that you are listening keenly.
DO listen carefully, be sure to give direct and relevant answers to the interviewer’s questions. Giving irrelevant answers, no matter how brilliant, will not help you.
DO show enthusiasm. With interview nerves, it is easy to forget this crucial point. Take a deep breath, be conscious of your whole body language, and be keen and interested throughout the interview.
DO be honest. Answer questions truthfully, succinctly and as close to the point as possible.
DO use the questions as an opportunity to sell yourself to the interviewer. Use your answers to highlight your strengths and your suitability for the role.
DO show maturity, a clear well-spoken manner and confidence in your own ability! Remember, you’re there to show that you’re the best person for the job.
DON’T ever ask about salary.
DON’T ask about fringe benefits, holidays, bonuses and the like, especially in a first interview.
DON’T give one word answers like simple Yes or No. Explain yourself in some details and give evidence to support your responses.
DON’T ramble on too much when asked a question. Even though you need to provide informative answers, you can go overboard. This can be a tricky balance to achieve sometimes, but focus on the relevant facts.
DON’T speak negatively about anything if you can avoid it, especially past employers and bosses. Try to give a fair and balanced account of past experiences.