The interview process may make you nervous, but it can be a positive, confidence-building experience.  Remember to keep it formal and relaxed.  Here are some ideas about what to do and what not to do:

The basics for making a good impression:

  • Arrive 5 to 10 minutes early – never be late or too early
  • Dress appropriately – wear clean, well-fitting clothing
  • Limit jewelry and perfume
  • Turn off your cell phone once you arrive at the interview location
  • Know your interviewer’s name and title
  • Treat the receptionist and others in the lobby with respect
  • Bring extra copies of your resume
  • Bring a pen and note pad
  • Have a positive attitude the minute you arrive in the lobby

Non-verbal tips:

  • Maintain eye contact with the interviewer
  • Smile and be positive throughout the interview – even when nervous
  • Sit up straight, legs together and arms folded on your lap
  • Use natural gestures such as nodding your head to show interest
  • Recognize personal space – keep your distance so you don’t intimidate

Here is a list of things you must not do


  • Provide false information
  • Chew gum
  • Wear soiled, baggy, or flashy clothing
  • Take a seat until one is offered
  • Carry a heavy briefcase or a large purse
  • Get too friendly with your interviewer
  • Read or comment on anything you see on the interviewer’s desk
  • Ask the interviewer personal questions
  • Discuss politics, religion, or ask for opinions about former employees