Things to consider when you are preparing for an interview: 

Appearance

  • Dress for success – Wear business attire. Solid colors, black, navy and brown are best. Wear a pant/skirt with a matching jacket if available.
  • Be sure your nails are well groomed. 
  • Check your shoes for scuffs. 
  • Wear appropriate jewelry for an interview – conservative is best. 
  • Be sure your make-up is applied for day-wear and the neckline is appropriate for a professional business interview. 
  • Have hair neat and pulled back if long. 
  • Visit the restroom before the interview or in between interviews if it is an all day process. 

Communication

  • Make good eye contact at all times during your introduction and during the interview. 
  • Take this opportunity to sell yourself—keep focused and do not let any information you hear during the interview affect your “game face”. 
  • Use common sense—be aware of the audience and surroundings from the moment you walk in the door until you leave. 
  • Listen to each question carefully and ask them to repeat the question if you need clarification. 
  • Demonstrate good body language—don’t fidget or tap your foot, appear positive and enthusiastic. 
  • Get business cards or contact information from everyone you meet. 
  • Do not come across as overconfident; it could come across as cocky. Be humble when appropriate but do not be afraid to brag on yourself.
  • Do not make up an answer, or let on that you have greater skill in an area than you do. 
  • Be sure to turn off your mobile phone during the interview. 
  • Be sure to have a back and forth conversation during the interview. Listen when appropriate and answer questions thoroughly. 
  • Do not chew gum during the interview. 
  • Do not speak negatively about your current or former company including bosses, peers, company culture, etc.
  • Write a handwritten thank you note as soon as you return home from the interview.
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AuthorMary Martin