Posted by Rachel Erickson, Career Services Career Assistant and OSU Undergraduate

People interviewingFor many people, interviews can be a stressful experience.  We would all love to walk into an interview, ace it, and leave the room feeling sure we’d landed the job.  But the truth is that you must prepare, because perfect interviews do not just happen.  You may have all the qualifications and experiences the company wants, but that is not enough.  An interviewer will be critiquing you on more than what you say.

Here are a few helpful Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing:

  • Do dress the part for the job
  • Do research the company and the position you are interviewing for
  • Do a practice run with a friend or make an appointment for a MOCK interview at Career Services
  • Do make eye contact
  • Don’t rely on your application or resume to sell you
  • Don’t act like you would take any job
  • Don’t say anything negative about former supervisors or employers
  • Don’t answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no”

For more information on these suggestions and more Do’s and Don’ts visit

Remember, you are interviewing the company just like they are interviewing you.  Go into the interview prepared with questions you would like to know about the company.  For example “How would you describe your company’s culture” or “What do you enjoy the most about working for this company?” will give you an idea of what it is like to work for that company.

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