The Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing
The Interviewing Process
Carefully evaluate the job requirements of all employment
postings and ONLY apply for jobs which you meet the employersí requirements. Accept interview invitations only if you intend to seriously consider a
job offer that may result.
The Interview DO's
Do acknowledge invitations for interviews or appointments promptly whether
you intend to accept or reject them.
Do get good directions and arrive early for your interview.
Do offer to shake interviewer's hand when you are introduced.
Do get the interviewer's name correct.
Do answer all questions directly and truthfully.
Do ask questions about the company.
Do look the interviewer in the eye.
Do use correct English and avoid slang terms and Ďya knowís
Do notify your prospective employer well in advance if you must reschedule
or cancel your appointment.
Do respond immediately to ALL interview offers.
Do notify employers of your decision to accept or reject job offers as soon
as you have made your decision.
Do If needed, request an extension on time if you need for deciding or accepting
Do respond to every job offer whether you accept or reject it.
Upon acceptance of a Job offer DO:
1. Write a letter of acceptance to the employer.
2. Immediately Notify the PCI Career Services Department of your success!
And claim you $100 sign on bonus
3. Promptly notify other employers which you have pending offers with
that you have accepted another position and thank them for their time.
Let your word be your bond. Honor your job acceptance as
a contractual agreement with the employer. Never accept two offers and never
renege or continue to interview after you have accepting an offer.
The Interview Don'ts
NO SHOWS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE!
When you have accepted an invitation for an interview, make all efforts
possible to keep the appointment. If for any reason you are unable to keep
the appointment, cancel within twenty-four (24) hours prior to the
If you have an unavoidable failure to appear, you should write a
letter of apology to the employer who was expecting you and provide a copy
of the letter to the Career Services department. Missed interviews are unacceptable
and reflect poorly on you and the School.
Falsification or Misrepresentation of Information
It is important that you represent yourself to potential employers honestly
and accurately. Not doing so could cost you a job opportunity. You are solely
responsible for the accuracy and contents of your registration data, resume
and other employment application materials.
Donít arrive late for your scheduled interview.
Donít bring friends or children to the interview.
Donít beg or plead your need to work.
Donít make jokes, argue or chew gum.
Donít say your salary requirements are ďopenĒ or negotiable. Tell them how
Donít deride former employers. (No matter how bad a boss they were!)
Donít sit down until you are offered a chair.
Donít slouch. Sit up straight.
Donít tell the interviewer your financial problems.
Donít refer to the interviewer on a first name basis (unless he/she asks
Donít make excuses or show evasiveness.
Donít volunteer any negative information about yourself.
Donít mention other unsuccessful job applications.
Donít let your eyes wander around the office. Keep your focus on the interviewer.
Donít answer a yes/no question with just a yes or no. Answer and briefly
Donít play with your hair, rings, tie, bracelets, hands, etc. during the
Donít project a mean, scared or emotionless face. Smile once in a while!