To be a likable candidate, it is important that your viewpoints be well received. Here are some dos and don’ts:
When offering your critique, always be respectful. If you are asked to offer your opinion about their website, keep in mind that the person asking you that question may be the one who designed the site. You can state how the website can be improved (instead of saying how terrible you may think the website is).
Be punctual. Showing up on time communicates respect. Honoring your commitment to be at every meeting means you prefer not to waste other people’s time.
(It’s wise to go to the location of the interview beforehand so you’ll have an idea of how long it will take for you to get there.)
Be prepared. Bring in a laptop or a thumb drive if you will be giving a presentation. Make sure to save it in multiple formats just in case there’s a glitch or potential compatibility issue.
Wear just enough confidence. Don’t overdo it. You may appear cocky if you have too much confidence. Don’t be lulled into complacency, no matter how much they compliment you. (Remember that you’re not hired yet.)
Make friends with the receptionist. Be friendly with the receptionist since he or she is on the front lines. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t like the CEO to hear.
Speak with your interviewers and not at them. Since your interview is a structured conversation, pay attention in order to see when to slow down and listen. Hiring managers can easily spot a canned answer to a question, so it’s important to strive to answer questions in ways that reflect who you are. Canned answers can be annoying, especially when you are off-point in your responses.
These simple tips and tricks should help you gain a positive reputation as you walk through the door. Even if you do not get the job, think of the interview as experience for your next interview session.