The interview process is a crucial first step. It provides you the ability to make a lasting impression on a prospective employer. Below we have provided some hints and tips with your interview. If you have any further questions call The Career Center.
General Tips & Hints
- Try to be conservative.
- Your attire can and will out voice you, if you allow it to. Keep your attire simple.
- Hair should be neat and trimmed. Style your hair so it won’t fall into your face if that is a problem.
- Keep clean hygiene. Nobody wants to hire a dirty person.
- Cologne and perfume are nice, but should be kept to a minimum.
- Clothing should be neat and pressed.
- Remember your resumé! Carry it in a briefcase or portfolio.
Proper Interview Attire
The clothes you wear to an interview say a lot about you. Make sure you dress to impress!
- The suit should fit comfortably, permitting 1/2in. of the shirt sleeve to show. Pant legs should barely hit the the shoe. Try to keep the color choice dark, but avoid black.
- Dress shirt with bottom down collars, neatly pressed. Light, but not bright colors should do the trick and make sure you wear an undershirt.
- The tie should always be darker than your shirt, never extending below the belt. Solid colors or small patterns work best.
- Shoes should be newly shined, while wearing dark socks.
- The suit should be a business dress, with a jacket, but try not to wear trendy lapels or buttons/ Keep colors conservative. Be sure to keep the skirt length right at knee length.
- Avoid low-cut or see-through blouse. Keep the colors neutral, but not load and bright.
- Too much make-up can be devastating to the interview, as well as the amount of jewelry. Keep earrings and ring simple, with one to each ear or hand.
- Avoid heels higher than 2 in. and open toe shoes. Keep shoe color coordinated with the rest of your attire. You do not want to clash.
- Give a firm handshake at the start and completion of each interview.
- Be clean, including fingernails.
- Maintain steady eye contact at all times with the interviewer(s).
- Always remember to say “Thank you” at the end of the interview.
- Ask the interviewer(s) for their business card.