There are two MAJOR interview don’ts you can start working on NOW. This way, but the time interview season rolls around they start feeling “old hat” to you. ((aka you are comfortable!)) ((I wish I would have known more about #2 pre-interview!))
1. Stop with the LIKE. This one is huge and can be hard to improve on. However, for experienced professionals (such as your interviewers) this can be a huge distraction. Were they listening to the wonderful response you gave to a question or counting the number of times you said “like” in one sentence?
Overcoming this: Get your friends, relatives, significant others, etc involved with helping you end the “likes.” I had my friends and mother point out when I would overuse like. At first for me, this involved slowing down my speech. The main thing is to practice, practice, practice. Find a career center and do some mock interviews as well.
2. Do not play with jewelry, watches, hair, etc. Beware of these common interview faux pas. This applies to you men out there as well. Playing with class rings, watches, or ties– bangles, rings or even shirt sleeves can distract an interviewer from the one and only thing they should be focusing on– YOU! Hair twirlers and nail/cuticle biters this one is for you.
Overcoming this: Often times– you may not know you do this. Or it may only emerge in high stress situations. Asks friends/family to kindly point out your nervous tics or habits. It is best to recognize these now so that they can be minimized come interview season. For example, I opted to eliminate jewelry and spurge for a gel/shellac manicure pre-interview. I knew I would be all too tempted to pick at my nail polish under stress. For some this can even be nervous yawns or clearing of the throat. (I am guilty of both!)