September 10, 2019
5 Things You Should Avoid Doing In A First Interview
As the internship coordinator at ACPR, I’ve conducted my fair share of interviews. Some were great. Some were not so great. But among the greats, the ones that stood above the rest, and ultimately landed the job, all did key things, like sending a handwritten thank you note after the interview (hint hint!). Whether you’re trying to land your first job out of college, switch careers, or find a job in a new city, if you want to stand out, take note of these five things to avoid in a first interview.
1. Show up empty handed
BRING. YOUR. RESUME. And your business card. And any writing samples you’re proud of. Bring it all! Even if your interviewer hasn’t asked for it specifically, it never hurts to be over prepared.
2. Wear ripped jeans. Or anything else that isn’t professional for that matter
Even if the company has a more casual dress code, you should dress to impress. My pal Oscar Wilde once said “You can never be overdressed or overeducated,” and that applies to interviews, too.
3. Say “um” and “like” too much
We get it. Nerves are a real thing. But try to avoid these filler words by reminding yourself to take a breath throughout the interview and prepping for gimme questions, like your elevator pitch, beforehand.
Because we can tell when you are. If you don’t know something, just admit it. It’s better to be honest and show humility than trying to BS your way through the question.
5. Don’t ask any questions
After your interviewer is done asking you questions, kindly return the favor. This shows your interest in the company—even if it’s only one or two questions. Just make sure they’re thoughtful!
Caitlin Topham is ACPR’s Junior Publicist and resident Swiftie. Her favorite track from Taylor Swift’s new album, “Lover,” is “London Boy” (for obvious reasons), but her all-time favorite song is a tie between “You Belong With Me” and “Wildest Dreams.”