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Fifteen things you should not do at an interview

  1. Do not be late or overdressed. For women wear only light perfume, make up, and jewelry.
  2. Do not forget to bring a copy of your resume.
  3. Do not smoke or chew gum, even if the interviewer does and offers you either.
  4. Do not answer with a simple "yes" or "no".
  5. Do not over-answer questions or talk too much either.
  6. Do not lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly, and briefly.
  7. Do not make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers and co-workers.
  8. Do not mention other companies that turned you down.
  9. Do not inquire about salary, vacations, etc... during the first interview unless you are sure the employer is interested in hiring you.
  10. Do not take anyone with you to the interview.
  11. Do not apologize for lack of experience or training, stress your strong points instead.
  12. Do not put anything on the interviewer's desk.
  13. Do not try to be very funny.
  14. Do not hang around after the interview.
  15. Do not make elaborate promises.

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