Tips for a Successful Interview
1. Dress Appropriately
- Suit or tailored dress in solid or subtle color
- Polished and closed toe shoes, basic dark, pumps with medium or low heels
- Nails subtle if polished, clean and not chipped
- Clutch or small shoulder bag, choose between an attach case or handbag (not both)
- Make-up should be minimal
- Simple and basic jewelry
- Always wear hosiery and keep color neutral
- Light cologne, if any
- No smoking or chewing gum
- One ring per hand with exception of the wedding set
- Quality pen
- Navy, charcoal gray or pin-stripe suit
- Shined shoes, Tassel loafers, wing tip or laced shoes preferred
- Clean nails
- Solid white shirt
- Conservative red or navy striped solid tie, simple and neat
- Avoid flashy cuff links, rings or neck chains
- Over the calf dark socks
- No strong fragrant cologne
2. Have your documents handy
You may wish to carry a briefcase or professional looking notebook with your questions written in advance. It is a good idea to include additional copies of your resume and letters of reference.
3. Arrive at least 10-15 minutes early
Remember, you only have one opportunity to make a good first impression. Thus, it is critical that you arrive on time to an interview. Arriving late to an interview not only wastes the interviewer’s time, but also sends the message that you are not serious about your job search or about keeping commitments.
4. During the interview
Hopefully, you have spent a considerable amount of time preparing for the interview because it will be clear to the interviewer whether or not you are prepared.
Other things you should be aware of during the interview…
- Don’t address the interviewer by his/her first name unless invited to do so.
- Don’t let the employer’s casual approach fool you – maintain a professional image.
- Don’t dominate the interview.
- Don’t criticize yourself.
- Don’t discuss personal problems.
- Don’t speak or act in a nervous manner.
- Don’t ask questions that the interviewer has already answered.
- Don’t be a "yes"-person – elaborate on your answers.
- Don’t interrupt when the interviewer is talking.
- Don’t bring up negative information about past jobs, co-workers or former employers.
- Don’t be arrogant.
- Don’t be discouraged. If you don’t succeed at first, KEEP TRYING!
5. After the interview
It is a good habit to send the interviewer a thank-you letter as soon as possible after the interview. Be sure to reiterate your interest in the position and the organization. If you get no response from a thank-you letter or if a date has passed when an employer was to contact you, don’t hesitate to phone the organization. Above all, let them know of your continuing interest in them.