INTERVIEW CHECKLIST: 25 DO’s and DON’Ts To Get the Job


Today on LetThemTalkTV what to do and
what not to do at an interview. yes that’s right. I have a checklist for you.
These are general tips and if English is not your first language we’ll also look
at some helpful phrases and vocabulary you can use. By the way I’ve already made
a video called “The top 10 interview tips” and that
covers some, but not all, of the topics that I talk about here but this one is
more up-to-date and expanded and this is part of a series of videos on how to get
a job. We also cover topics such as how to write a cover letter, how to tackle an
interview if you don’t have any experience, how to answer common
interview questions such as “can you tell me about yourself?”
and “do you have any questions for us?” Check out our interview playlist up here
somewhere. Right let’s do this thing. So first of all do work on your
emotional pitch. First thing to bear in mind that in order to get a job, any job,
you have to convince the interviewers in two ways; firstly at the skills level – that
you have the ability to do the job but this is covered in your CV so what you
have to do at the interview is just flesh it out but you can never convince
somebody with facts and reasoning alone. You need more. So, secondly, you need to
reach your interviewer on an emotional level. If you can connect with them
beyond the stats that are written on your CV that’s a powerful thing and
that’ll get you the job. To do this you need to look the part,
then you need to frame your answers in a way that creates meaning. Get into their
mindset and make them visualize you in the post. You can do this through
storytelling. We will look at that later. Create a bond with the
listener build rapport and make them like you as a candidate. Do look good,
dress for the part it’s better to be a little bit overdressed than too casual a
job interview is a big deal and your clothes should tell them that. Nitow I
won’t tell you what to wear or what not to wear but if your clothes are too
casual it gives the impression, consciously or subconsciously, that you don’t really
care that much about the job. Clothes say something about you if we like it or not
people make snap judgments based on the clothing. So the first impression we get
is from the clothes, from the smile, from the eye contact so get those things
right. First impressions really count. Do focus on non-verbal communication
non-verbal communication is as important as what you say. This is often overlooked
but the subconscious cues are so important for building rapport. Good eye
contact, a firm handshake, positive open body language and a warm
hello hello hello hello maybe that’s a bit too much anyway make sure you sound
confident. It’s not enough to know the answers you’ve got to sound like you
know the answers. A confident answer gives an air of authority Of course
don’t be too friendly build rapport if you can connect with the interviewer
that can help but of course not too friendly. Don’t hug or kiss the
interviewer when you leave. Don’t show them pictures of your holiday on the
Costa Brava or a photo of your pet Chihuahua Kevin Don’t be negative don’t
badmouth your former boss even if he (or she) was a complete bastard. Don’t be negative
about your previous job. Don’t say I hate my job
it’s boring my colleagues are annoying. Just say it’ll be sad to leave my
current position but the job you’re offering is an exceptional opportunity
and I can make a real contribution here. Negativity will never get you the
job. Do focus on them before you go into the interview. Put yourself into the mind
of the interviewer. what do you expect to hear and not hear? what will keep your
interest? what will bore you or antagonize you?
You’ll find it really helps seeing it from their perspective.
Your arguments will work if you can see it from the listeners point of view. When
you approach the interview remember it’s all about what you can do for them and
not what they can do for you. If you have this approach then you’re certainly on
the right track. Always focus on what skills and experience you can bring to
the company rather than talking about how you would like to get more
experience and progress your career. Do give examples and try to frame your
answers in terms of stories. Stories are not only more
interesting but they also resonate when you’re recounting your experience and
you’re highlighting your skills and moreover, stories will help you remember
what you have to say when you are preparing for the interview. We all love
a good story so instead of saying “In my last job I was responsible for store
openings of a famous high street brand.” Do say, “in my last job I was responsible
for store openings of a fashion brand, we often worked on tight schedules. For
our new store in Dubai my colleagues and I were working 16-hour shifts for the
final week. We didn’t think we would do it but we managed to finish with just a
few minutes to spare and it was a great success
and we even got coverage from a local TV channel but after that I really needed a
holiday.” By using stories you put pictures in the head of the interviewer
and you make them imagine you doing a job well and these thoughts are anchored
in their mind. Don’t speak too formally There is a myth that in interviews you
should use very formal English this is not a case interviews just like all
communication is about getting a message across. You’re selling something and that
something is you. So speak in a way that is simple and convincing instead of
saying “I was approached by the company in my capacity as a freelance designer
to furnish the organization with some sketches.” Just say “The head of the
company asked me to do some sketches for him.” Do practise. Practice makes perfect.
it’s a cliché but it’s true. The more interviews you do the better you will
become. If you do lots of interviews you will become good. If you’ve done 100
interviews you’ll be better than if you’ve done 10. One tip I can give you
that’s very useful is have mock interviews. Get friends to film you doing
an interview. I do these when I give interview training and it’s really
effective it can lead you to recognize the faults in your body language, your
posture, your voice, as well as the content ask a friend or friends for
feedback film it again and again and again until you get it right Do your
research. Find out as much as you can about the company. I’m often surprised
how often candidates know nothing or almost nothing about the company and
what it does. Check their website check their social media when they ask you
what you know about the company. If you can personalize the answer that’s even
better So instead of telling them something
that you’ve picked up from the website, which is better than nothing,
frame it in a way that demonstrates that you can be part of the story. So if
you’re going, for example, for a job at a publishers, instead of saying “I read that
you sold five million books last year and have a presence in 14 countries,” do
say “I’ve always been a fan of your crime fiction series, I can’t wait for the
final installment of the detective Bingley trilogy to come out and to think
I might be part of your organization is very exciting for me.” Do you think
of the interview as a conversation rather than an interrogation. Imagine
that you are having conversation amongst friends. You want to come across as
someone easygoing and approachable and not confrontational Don’t memorize your
answers you’ll end up sounding like a robot. Of course, if you’re going for a
job as a robot then it’s ok. Otherwise it’s best avoided. Memorizing your
answers sounds fake. So for example, “I greatly admire your company and it has been a long-standing ambition of mine to become part of your team. furthermore, I’m
aware that you are a global leader in tech
solutions and I believe that with my experience and qualifications I can play
my part in taking Acme systems to the next level.” what? Would you give
that person the job I don’t think so the underlying message is maybe ok but
instead just be more natural if it come from the heart “I’ve read a lot about
your company I must say I’m pretty impressed you do have a good reputation
and I’d love to be part of this team. I have a fair amount of experience and I
do believe that given the chance I could do something interesting here.” Something
like that that might not be grammatically perfect but it appeals
more in a friendly and in emotional way Don’t memorize your answers but it is
ok to learn a few expressions and words that you might want to pepper your
conversation with as long as it sounds authentic and natural. It might give your
answer a lift. This might be particularly true if English is not your mother
tongue. So let me give you a few examples especially for you non-native speakers.
To talk about things that you’ve done successfully you can talk about your
accomplishments verb “to accomplish” for example “helping students at the college
to reach their potential is certainly one of my greatest accomplishments”
VERSATILE which means that you have many different skills. “you’ll find me
committed and versatile, I have both technical and communication skills.” FLAIR: You have an originality to your skills for example “I have a flair for
organization, they have a flair for marketing” or something like that.
WILLING: Which means to be prepared to do something “I’m willing to work
late hours and do what it takes to complete the task.” Remember what I’ve
said many times, if English is is not your first language you will not be
judged on your grammar. It’s how you answer the questions which is much much
more important – they are not grammar teachers. Unless you’re going for a job as a
an English teacher that’s different Don’t swear. Personally I don’t mind
swearing but some people do. So don’t take the risk of alienating. The
interviewer the exception could be if they are swearing a lot of themselves
and this kind of gives you the green light but I would still be cautious and
I would argue that if they are swearing a lot then that does show lack of
respect for you Don’t swear but what you can do is use some
substitute words that are not offensive and these can be quite effective in
conveying your passion for a particular idea words such as DAMNED, BLOODY and
HELL so for example, “the project was bloody difficult but we did it on time
and on budget”. “Not only did I learn a lot it was no damned interesting.” We did a
hell of a lot of work that summer.” Once again we have a video that goes into
greater detail on this subject check it out up here somewhere. Use the
emphatic DO instead of VERY and REALLY The emphatic do sounds warmer. instead of “I really believe” say “I do believe,” “I do believe that I have the skills and
experience to do the job,” “I do hope you will consider me for this position.” Yes
if you want to know more about the emphatic DO check out the video up here Don’t talk about conditions and salary until you’ve got an offer or it’s clear
that you are in that space. Do say WE. Whenever possible say WE are not I.
saying ME, ME, ME all the time can be alienating
ti can be a bit annoying WE is a more inclusive word. So for example, “we
managed to convince them that ours was the best software” and not “I managed to
convince them…” Don’t be needy. If you are desperate to get the job don’t show that
in the interview. Neediness is not a good look.
Don’t say “I really need this job please give me a chance I’ll do anything,” It
simply doesn’t work instead just show your enthusiasm and your confidence. By
appealing to their sense of charity will never work. Do be nice compliment them
say nice things about the company be kind to the interviewers show them your
goodwill. it seems obvious by it so often overlooked. Tell them that their company,
for example, has an excellent training program for new starters or if you’re
working for a retail chain then tell them that you like their products. Finally let me talk about a few experiences I’ve had that should be avoided. I’ve written
them down here on a piece of paper. Don’t check your phone ok don’t check your
phone during the interview. Some people think that it’s cool, fun fact, it isn’t.
switch it off. Don’t send an SMS five minutes before the interview saying you
can’t get there and can you rearrange it for another day. I’ve had that too. It’s
good to talk but don’t overdo it don’t give a twenty minute answer to a
question such as “can you tell me about yourself?”
Keep it relatively brief. Don’t say “my boyfriend’s also looking
for a job have you got anything for him?” Don’t say “I’m a Sagittarius that’s why I
think I’m a really good fit for this company Good luck in the interview let
us know how it goes and if I’ve left anything out you can add your tips in
the comments

24 Replies to “INTERVIEW CHECKLIST: 25 DO’s and DON’Ts To Get the Job”

  1. Sir, I have a doubtful phrase, that is; " With a direction to". Sir, what does the phrase "With a direction to" mean ? Please try to make me understand about it by means of some particular examples. I hope you will try to reply as soon as possible. I will be looking forward to your reply.

  2. I know you are pretty busy, but it's a real shame you don't get to post videos as often as you should. After all, you are the best educational channel by far. Cheers.

  3. Some great helpful tips in this vid !
    My own tip :don't fart noisily during the interview. Nor smellingly.
    Also, don't wear a skirt (assuming you're a man).
    You could also do a video on how to apply for a job and never get it since most people don't even want to work nowadays.

  4. My beloved director !
    You often say nobody is an island of knowledge but on the contrary, you seem to know everything ! You are a legend and a voice to reckon with in this generation and beyond. Appreciating you in words doesn't quantify your quality sacrifices , you are a perfect teacher. We thank you for being THE BEST IN YOUR FIELD !!! Try not to stop your positive work because THAT'S WHAT ANNOUNCES YOU TO THE WORLD !!!!!

  5. I was looking for a job in my last two months. I ve made 16 interview until get a position…I'm very grateful to your videos…It helped me a lot… I watched meny times the video "what I should say when they ask me if there are some questions that you want to know about us". Also, I could improve my English while I was preparing to a interview…thanks a lot….all the videos helped me

  6. I think I have given more than hundreds of job interview in my life, So it is correct that now it is very easy to perform well in my interview 👍👍

  7. You covered very handy tips in your video 👍 What comes to my mind is one more pretty tricky and difficult question which may come up during the interview which is "what new things have you learned recently?" 🤔

  8. Great video, as usual, thank you!!
    By the way: I never understood the grammar of the sentence "Practice makes perfect" (although I do get its wisdom!). Shouldn't it be something like "practice makes perfection" for example? Just asking :-$

  9. Ngai co biet
    Noi dung bang tieng anh cua ngai
    Toi ve ra duoc hinh canh hoat dong cua nhung hanh tinh
    Ma ngai chua hieu den
    Va muon biet ve no nhu the nao khong
    Don gian no chi la 2 ve cua2 phia cung chieu vao 1 vi tri di chuyen

  10. Do not spare a photo of your chihuahua Kevin-)))))). Don't reveal its name either, keep it a secret at least till the end of the interview. It'll give a bit of mystery to your look. The interviwer might think that there's more in this guy than meets the eye./// I am sorry-)). The video is very nice!

  11. Mr. Gideon… YOU ARE GREAT, I enjoy your videos sooo much 😃❤️. You have a fan here. Greetings from Madrid, Spain ❤️🙋🏻🇪🇸

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