Interview Tips: 20 Things NOT TO DO

20 Things not to do during an interview

If you are smartly presented, adhere to basic social etiquette and sensibly answer the interviewer's questions then you are well on your way to a new job. However there are some blunders to avoid:
1.  Do not arrive late, you must allow enough time from when you leave your house to permit for unforeseen circumstances such as rail problems or traffic jams.
2. Do not forget to take a copy of your CV, and make sure you also memorise its content.
3. Do not fidget with items on the desk, or play with your hair and clothes.
4. Do not mumble, talk too fast, too softly or non-stop. Unless you speak clearly all of your sound comments will be lost on the interviewer and you will not impress.
5. Do not use slang words, crack silly jokes, or chew gum.
6. Do not lean on the interviewer's desk or frequently glance at your watch.
7. Do not hide any aspect of your previous record, overstate qualifications, brag, or become angry.
8. Do not discuss or become involved in any negative aspect of your current or past employers.
9. Do not show ignorance about the company, allow your research to come through in conversation.
10. Do not appear half-asleep, go to bed early the night before the interview and sleep soundly knowing that you are fully prepared for the day ahead.
11. Do not bring up the topic of salary. When the time is right, salary will be discussed.
12. If it is an interview over lunch do not order the spaghetti and a pint of beer !!!
13. Do not come across as being passive or indifferent, be positive and enthusiastic.
14. Do not be overbearing, or conceited.
15. Be friendly and open, but do not become overly familiar with your interviewer.
16. Do not use negative body language, or convey inappropriate aspects of your character.

Most importantly.....

17. Do not lie or exaggerate, be truthful and honest.
18. Do not explain that your clichéd long-term goal is to have the interviewer’s job.
19. If you are a smoker, do not have a crafty cigarette prior to your interview to calm those nerves. You may well go into your interview looking and sounding the part but you will smell like a stale ashtray.
20. Give a good firm handshake on leaving your interview. If you have unfortunately suffered from interview nerves and have sweaty palms... whatever you do, discretely dry before offering your hand !!!