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     Do’s and Dont’s
               By: Daryl A. Requerme

      Source: GlaxoSmithKline Philippines & Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
1. Be physically and mentally prepared
    • Decide what to wear days before the interview.
      Being well-groomed and having a good
      appearance is essential. Have a good night's
      sleep, eat a healthy meal and allow plenty of
      travel time.
What to Wear?
                           For Men and Women
   Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or grey is best)
   Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best)
   Clean, polished conservative shoes
   Well-groomed hairstyle
   Clean, trimmed fingernails
   Minimal cologne or perfume
   Empty pockets--no bulges or tinkling coins
   No gum, candy or cigarettes
   Light briefcase or portfolio case
   No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.)
For Men                            Title
 Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern
 Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best)
 Dark socks
 Get a haircut; short hair always fares best in interviews
 No beards
 Mustaches are a possible negative, but if you must,
  make sure it is neat and trimmed
 No rings other than wedding ring or college ring
 No earrings
For Women                           Title
 Always wear a suit with a jacket; no dresses
 Shoes with conservative heels
 Conservative hosiery at or near skin color
 No purses, small or large; carry a briefcase instead
 If you wear nail polish (not required),
  use clear or a conservative color
 Minimal use of makeup (it should not be too
 No more than one ring on each hand
 One set of earrings only
2. Be on time
   • Before the day of the interview, make
     sure where the interview would be held.
     Take time to find out where the location
     of the interview is, days before the actual
     interview. Keep in mind to leave enough
     time for your journey.
                Do plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Late arrival
                for a job interview is never excusable. If you are
                running late, do phone the company.
4. Be your best self
    • Spend time researching about you.
      Review your past experiences and
      accomplishments that may fit the needs
      of the company. Being able to have a
      grasp of your talents, skills and
      experiences would enable you to
      communicate the contributions you can
      make for the company.
               Don't rely on your application or resume doing the selling for you.
               No matter how qualified you are for the position, you will need to
               sell yourself to the interviewer.
3. Be proactive
    • Do research on the organization by
      reviewing its corporate profile and by
      reading some relevant information
      through websites and print materials.
      Find out the specifics of the job you are
      applying for and try to prepare some
      questions about the company - its
      culture, goals and mission.
5. Be Positive
    • By being well-prepared, you eliminate
      nervousness. Just enjoy the interview and
      be enthusiastic when responding to the
      interviewer's questions. Confidence and a
      pleasant disposition bring out the
      positive energy in you.
 Do greet the interviewer(s) by title (Ms., Mr., Dr.) and last name
  if you are sure of the pronunciation.
 Do wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. And do
  remember body language and posture: sit upright and look alert
  and interested at all times. Don't fidget or slouch.
 Don't tell jokes during the interview.
 Remember to turn off your cell phone before the start of the
 Don't smoke, even if the interviewer does and offers you a
  cigarette. And don't smoke beforehand so that you smell like
  smoke. And do brush your teeth, use mouthwash, or have a
  breath mint before the interview.
 Relax and be yourself.
 Some first impression gestures are handshakes, eye contact,
  warm smiles, good posture and a confident introduction of self.
 If there are two or more interviewers, be sure to address all the
  interviewers in the room when answering the questions.
 Take time to think before you answer questions. A well-thought
  answer is always better than a rushed one. Try to give complete
  answers as much as possible and if you do not understand the
  question, ask for clarification.
 Use concrete experiences to illustrate important information
  about yourself.
 Avoid using poor or slang language to impress the interviewer.
  Use familiar but concise words during the interview.
 Show interest during an interview by striking a good balance
  between speaking and listening.
 Be honest. Answer the questions truthfully and be fair to
 Make sure to highlight your good points. This would enable the
  interviewer to asses your performance at work and your
  potentials to be an effective employee.

                    Don't be soft-spoken. A forceful voice projects confidence.
                    Do have a high confidence and energy level, but don't be
                    overly aggressive.
                    Don't say anything negative about former colleagues,
                    supervisors, or employers.
 When being asked about your weaknesses and failures, mention
  how you were able to handle the difficult situation, share the
  lessons you learned and the improvements you would take to
  convert certain weaknesses to strengths.
 Don't act desperate by telling the interviewer you are willing to
  take any job offered.
 If you have some points that you weren't able to discuss towards
  the end of the interview, take the initiative to mention a couple of
  things you want the interviewer to know about you.
 Before leaving an interview, ask the interviewer what the next
  steps would be. Know what to expect and when to           hear from

                    Do show what you can do for the company rather than what the
                    company can do for you.
                    Don't inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, or other
                    benefits until after you've received an offer. Be prepared for a
                    question about your salary requirements, but do try and delay
                    salary talk until you have an offer.
 Thank the interviewer for the time spent with you.
 Make some notes regarding the things you learned about the
  company. These may be helpful for your next sets of interviews.
 Do try and get business cards from each person you interviewed
  with -- or at least the correct spelling of their first and last names.
  And don't make assumptions about simple names -- was it Jon or
  John -- get the spelling.
 Make a follow-up call to know your status and your succeeding
 Do write thank you letters within 24 hours to each person who
  interviewed you. And do know all the rules of following up after
  the interview.

                             Source: GlaxoSmithKline Philippines & Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

             This Slides is a Property of:
               Daryl A. Requerme
              Capitol University

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