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April 02, 2007

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Jeremy Weiskotten

A few other things not to do:

- lie (if you don't have a good answer, don't make one up -- it will be obvious)
- say negative things about your current/previous boss or company or team
- casually swear, even if your interviewer does
- refuse to answer simple questions "on principle" because you feel you're above them
- ask no questions of your own

Kit

I think 'relax' is a good one, for 2 reasons:

1. You tend to think & speak more coherently when relaxed.
2. Relaxation allows you project your true personality. You must then trust the interviewer to make a judgement on whether you have the right sort of personality for that working environment. Then, if he decides against you, you can console yourself with the knowledge that you probably wouldn't have enjoyed it there anyway.
Kit

John

Definitely do not lie, including " Just say you came from somewhere else (I.e, your current job, funeral or wedding" if you are asked why you are wearing a tie. Say you read on some stupid blog to dress up for the interview. Way better to hear that then get caught in a lie trying to cover up so you don't feel stupid.

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Don't lie about why you are dressing up for the interview! The answer should be that, although you can see that the everyday attire is informal, and you look forward to joining the team and being able to dress accordingly, you always treat a job interview with a bit more respect.

My husband interviewed at Apple Computer years ago. First day, shirt/tie/nice pants. Second day, nice pants/nice polo shirt. He got the job. In part because he had been polite to the process on day 1, but responsive to the very informal culture he had observed so that one day 2, even though he was still overdressed compared to employees, he had responded appropriately.

Greg P

Don't forget to smile! It tells the interviewer a lot about you:
- confident
- relaxed
- glad to be there
- comfortable under pressure

To help remember, when you take notes during the interview (you have already asked if it is OK) have a smiley face drawn on the pad to remind yourself to smile. It goes a long way to making a memorable impression which is what you're trying to do in an interview.

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- Don't over do the cologne or perfume.
- Always a firm handshake especially in Texas.
- Find a fine line between exaggerating and overbearing.
- Turn off the phone!!!

Paul Clayton

"DO YOU RENOUNCE SATAN AND ALL OF HIS WORKS?"....

This is not a good question to ask when a prospective employer asks "Do you have any further questions?"

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Great and useful tips for those who are going to have their first interview. Though some of these can't be universal because everything depends on the employer. But in general that's the best description of dos and don'ts I've seen on the net.

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These tips are valid for all ages, not just graduating seniors. I firmly agree that it's critical to know about the company where you're interviewing and to be prepared with good questions about it.

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