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May 20, 2013

Do's and Don'ts For a GREAT Job Interview

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Do's and Don'ts For a GREAT Job Interview

By Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Job Interview "Secret"

Any time we prepare for an event--whether a party or a game, a meal or a meeting--there are things to do and not do. The same is true for a job interview. It's a good idea to focus on both lists so nothing important will be left out and nothing unimportant will be added. Following is a checklist you might find helpful before you walk into your next job search interview.


  • Arrive early.

  • Freshen your breath with a mint.

  • Sip plain water if your mouth is dry.

  • Leave your expectations at home.

  • Review potential questions and answers.

  • Plan for and believe in the best outcome.

  • Rest and eat a light meal the day of your interview.

  • Calm yourself with affirmations.

  • Dwell on positive thoughts.

  • Be late--or even on time. Give yourself plenty of space! Allow a few minutes to breathe before going into the room.

  • Smoke, chew gun, or suck on candy. It's rude and it distracts from the purpose of the meeting.

  • Walk in with a can of Coke or other soda.

  • Fantasize about what will happen. Stay in the moment. Prepare yourself for the best. You may be surprised--in a good way.

  • Shoot from the hip. It doesn't work. Prepare ahead of time and bring your notes.

  • Be self-centered. Pay attention to the other people in the room.

  • Arrive hungry and sleep-deprived.

  • Allow yourself to be distracted and stressed.

  • Let negative thoughts fill your mind.

Review Your List of Do's and Don'ts

Take some time the week before your interview to go over your list alone and then with a friend or colleague. See if anything has changed or if you'd like to add something. The most important thing you can do is keep calm and focused, sharing your best self and looking for the best in the hiring manager.

Lastly, remember this: Appearance isn't everything, but it is something. Something important enough to consider and invest in.

Sparkling eyes, a kind smile, a firm handshake, and an attractive 'look' will go a long way to land you the result you want an offer for the job you've worked so hard to secure.

When you look refreshed, well groomed, and attractive you'll feel refreshed, well groomed, and attractive. The hiring manager will feel at ease with you and perhaps realize before you even stand up to say good-bye that you are the one he or she wants to hire to fill the job opening.

Good luck!

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Tough Times Job Tips."

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