Tips On How To Fill Out Your Application
• Take your time and fill out ALL the information requested.
• Be prepared to fill out your work history in detail.
• Know the dates, supervisor names, addresses, and reasons for leaving your previous places of employment.
• Be prepared to fill out the dates, location and degree of education you have received.
DO dress appropriately for the industry; err on the side of being conservative to show you are a serious candidate. Your personal grooming and cleanliness should be impeccable.
DO know the exact time and location of your interview, and know how long it takes to get there, park, find a restroom to freshen up, etc.
DO arrive at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of your interview.
DO treat the other people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions might count when the hiring decision is made.
DO offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when your interviewer greets you.
DO listen as your interviewer gives his name and remember the correct pronunciation.
DO address your interviewer by title (Ms., Mr., Dr.) and last name, until you are invited to do otherwise.
DO address a female interviewer as “Ms.” unless told otherwise.
DO maintain good eye contact during the interview.
DO sit still in your seat; avoid fidgeting and slouching.
DO ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question.
DO be thorough in your responses, but concise in your wording.
DO be honest in your answers.
DO be yourself — your best professional self.
DO act as if you are interested in the employer and the opportunity presented.
DO have a positive attitude. Behave like someone you would want to work with.
DO have intelligent questions prepared to ask the interviewer.
DO make sure you understand the next step in the hiring process; when and from whom you should expect to hear next; and what action you are expected to take, if any.
DO offer a firm handshake and make eye contact when the interview is over.
DO make notes right after the interview, so you don’t forget critical details.
DO write a thank you letter to your interviewer promptly.
DON’T make excuses. Take responsibility for your decisions and your actions.
DON’T make negative comments about previous employers or anyone else.
DON’T falsify your application materials or your answers to interview questions.
DON’T treat the interview casually.
DON’T ask about salary and benefits until the subject is brought up by your interviewer.
DON’T act as though you are desperate for employment and would take any job.
DON’T go unprepared to answer typical interview questions.
DON’T exhibit any frustrations or negative attitudes in your interview.
DON’T go to extremes with your posture; don’t slouch, and don’t sit rigidly on the edge of your chair.
DON’T chew gum or come to the interview smelling like smoke.
DON’T allow your cell phone to sound, take a cell phone call, or look at a text message during the interview.