Interviewing Do's and Don'ts

Interview Do's...

  • Research the industry and the company
  • Prepare questions to ask the employer
  • Practice with a UCS staff member
  • Review your résumé
  • Bringe extra copies of your résumé, an unofficial transcript, and your list of references
  • Convey enthusiasm for the company and the position
  • Ask for clarification if you don't understand a question
  • Take time to think before answering difficult questions
  • Speak specifically about your role in any previous successes
  • Obtain a business card from each interviewer
  • Send a thank-you note after the interview
  • Make sure your cell phone is off anytime you are meeting with an employer

Interview Don'ts...

  • Arrive late
  • Leave your cell phone on
  • Speak negatively about anything
  • Act overbearing, over aggressive, or conceited
  • Chew gum or smell like smoke/alcohol
  • Discuss salary, holidays, or bonuses (unless interviewer raises these topics)
  • Use acronyms or slang language
  • Refer to the interviewer by first name (unless the interviewer indicates to do so)
  • Interrupt the interviewer
  • Lie or exaggerate