The Good: You arrive on time for your interview, or a few minutes early to allow yourself to wait and gather your thoughts.
The Bad: You arrive 20 minutes late without calling to give the interviewer a head’s up.
The Ugly: You come in the day after the interview was scheduled saying that you just came back from Tokyo and you confused your days.
The Good: You bring in a few extra copies of your resume that is no more than 2 pages.
The Bad: You bring in a few extra copies of your 5+ page resume that includes every job since you were 15.
The Ugly: You bring in copies of your 400 page still-unpublished manuscript titled “The Incredible Me”
The Good: You arrive at your interview dressed to impress, with clean clothes, freshly showered and with brushed hair and minty breath.
The Bad: Your shirt could be ironed and you accidentally spilled some coffee on your pants at breakfast.
The Ugly: You just get back from a camping trip, where you haven’t been able to shower in three days, and arrive to the interview in shorts, a t-shirt and flip flops.
The Good: You silence your phone or turn it off before the interview begins.
The Bad: Your phone starts ringing during the interview, but you turn it off quickly and apologize for the interruption.
The Ugly: Your phone rings, you tell your interviewer it will just be a minute, and proceed to talk to your friend for half an hour about how crazy last night was at his bachelor party.
The Good: You write a nice Thank You note to the people you interviewed with, thanking them for taking the time to speak with you and expressing your continued interest in the position.
The Bad: You forget to write any Thank You notes to your interviewers.
The Ugly: You accidentally send an email to your interviewers that is meant for your friend, which goes into detail about how arrogant you thought he was.