- DO ask questions about corporate culture. “What’s it like to work here? What are the values?” This signals a desire to fit in and contribute.
- DO stress the benefits of hiring you for the company, rather than going through the features of your own resumé. Employers want you to show them the forest, not the trees.
- DON'T slam your recent employer. Even if you can’t stand your job, find positive things to say: what you’ve learned, how you’ve grown.
- DO tell the truth if you were fired from your last job. The correct wording: “I was fired.” Be as straightforward as possible when explaining why, what you did right and wrong, and what you learned.
- DON'T flatter the interviewer. It makes it seem as though that’s all you have to offer.
- DO try to get the interviewer to talk about her own dreams and aspirations. “What do you like about working here?” You’re looking to have a real dialogue, not a Q & A.
- DON'T blame other people for the state of your career. You’ll come across as a person who doesn’t take responsibility for her own life.
- DO be prepared to give a detailed answer to the question “Why do you want to work here?” Something vague like “It’s a great company” just doesn’t cut it.
- DON'T ask questions that could have been answered by looking at the company’s website. At the very least, Google it.
Adapted from Persuasion: A New Approach to Changing Minds.