- You never get a second chance to make a good first impression, so make your appearance count!
- Allow your clothing to reflect the importance you place on the interview.
- Dress conservatively, unless you are applying for a position in which creativity and a sense of style must be demonstrated.
- Choose a suit in a plain dark color such as navy blue, charcoal gray, black, or brown. Pinstripes or muted plaids are also acceptable.
- Choose a long-sleeved shirt or blouse in white or a solid neutral color such as beige or blue.
- Be sure your clothing is clean and neatly pressed.
- Make sure your hair is clean and professionally styled.
- Avoid wearing too much perfume or cologne.
- Cover tattoos.
- Take off your overcoat before entering the interview.
- Do not chew gum during the interview.
- Wear a smile!
Guidelines for Men:
- Wear a tie that contrasts with or complements your shirt. Choose a solid color or a small, unobtrusive pattern.
- Be sure the bottom of your tie meets your belt buckle.
- Wear a belt that matches your shoes.
- Choose dark brown or black business shoes, polished nicely.
- Be sure that your hair is trimmed neatly. This includes facial hair, if it is acceptable in your industry.
- Wear socks that match your pants or your shoes, not your shirt.
- Minimize jewelry; wear no more than 1 ring and a dress wristwatch.
Guidelines for Women:
- When choosing skirt length, err on the conservative side.
- Wear closed-toed shoes that either match or are darker than your suit.
- Choose hosiery that is neutral or that matches your skin tone.
- Wear a belt that matches either your suit or your shoes.
- Avoid wearing:
- dangling or very large earrings
- more than 1-2 rings on each hand
- dangle bracelets
- facial or body piercings
- Wear natural or subtle makeup.
- Wear either clear fingernail polish or a subtle shade.
- Carry a purse or a briefcase, not both.
Four Tips for Video Interview Preparation
Now that video technology is no longer location-specific, laptops come with built-in webcams, and Internet-based video services offer free options, video interviewing is becoming a convenient and cost-effective alternative to the traditional in-person interview.
There are format-specific elements interviewees need to understand and consider as they prepare for a video interview. Following are some recommendations for students to follow in preparation for video interviews:
1. Know the technology and be comfortable with it—Students shouldn’t sign up for a video interview until they’re comfortable with the process. They should know what they can and can’t do with the audio and video controls, what their image looks like, and where to look once the interview begins. Being adept with the technology gives students credibility as professionals.
2. Consider image and the interview environment—Students should dress professionally as a video interview is an interview. Is the background of the interview area consistent with the image the student wants to portray to recruiters? The student should remove or silence all distractions, such as cell phone ringers, email alerts, and music.
3. Test all settings and connections beforehand—Students should make sure the settings are optimized and all connections are working prior to the interview to avoid any issues during the interview.
4. Be prepared for a system hiccup—Students should have a Plan B ready in case the technology fails during a video interview. For example, a student participating in a video interview should have his or her cell phone ready to use in case the connection is unacceptable or drops. Being prepared in such a manner and making a smooth transition to another method in light of unexpected problems can impress an employer.
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
December 5, 2012
The Interview Checklist
Think of a job interview as having four distinct parts:
Part One: The Introduction
- A warm greeting
- Establishing rapport
- Maintaining eye contact
- Trying to relax
Part Two: The Background
- Past work experience
Part Three: The Goals & Objectives
- How you can help the employer (this is the heart of the interview)
- Listening carefully to what is being asked
- Thinking carefully about your answers
- Answering the questions honestly
- Not rambling or repeating yourself
Part Four: The Closing
- What the next step is
- If they will call you or if you should call them
- If they need additional information
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Interested in a mock interview before the real one? To set up an appointment to have your own mock interview, contact Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-399-8059.