Suit – Blue or black is best
Tie – Red or blue is best
Hygiene – Hair should be neatly combed. Face should be clean shaven.
Jewelry – Any earrings should be removed.
Shoes should be clean and shined.
Suit – Blue or black is best.
Shirt – White or blue is best.
Shoes should have closed toes.
Nylons should be clear (no patterns).
Make-up should be light.
Jewelry – Less is better. No dangling earrings.
Nail polish – Color should be light. Be sure it is not chipped.
Perfume – It is best not to wear perfume. If you do, be sure it is light.
Hair – Should be combed away from face. Do not hide your eyes.
Remember: You want the interviewer to remember you – not the big earrings or loud tie!
- Handshake should be firm (but not bone crushing).
- Hand should be dry and warm
- If you have more than one seating option to choose from, ask your interviewer for instructions.
- Don’t just assume and take a seat.
- Stand and sit erect
- Allow your posture to convey energy and enthusiasm
- Women should not cross their legs. Instead sit with your knees together.
- Men should avoid sitting with their legs too wide apart or crossed with the ankle on top of the knee.
- Maintain a comfortable space – about 3 feet – from your interviewer.
- Eye contact
- Look your interviewer in the eye, but don’t stare.
- Your hands should remain slightly coupled in front of you and laid on your lap.
- If you use your hands while talking, don’t get carried away with your gestures.
- Avoid steep ling your fingers in an upright position, as this can come off as arrogant.
- Don’t fidget
- Don’t play with your hair, pen or notebook.
- Don’t tap with hands or feet.
- Cell Phone
a. Be certain to turn off your cell phone before the interview begins.
- Smile – Smile – Smile
Practice your body language in front of a mirror before your interview. Or have a friend interview you and tape the mock sessions with a video camera.
- Where you are going
- Know the exact time and location of the interview.
- Know the full name of the person you are interviewing with.
- Research online
- Know about the company- its growth, annual reports, and the company history
- Prepare Questions for the Interviewer
- If I work hard, where will I be in 5 years?
- What is a typical day in your company?
- What characteristics best describe individuals who are successful in this position?
- What other positions and/or departments will I interact with most?
- To whom does this position report?
- How will my performance be evaluated and how often?
- How would you describe the organization’s culture/ environment?
- What makes your organization different from its competitors?
- What is the rate of employee turnover?
- Does the job require travel?
- What are the chances of relocation after starting the job?
- What type of orientation or training do new employees receive?
- Waiting for the interview to begin
- Get there a few minutes early
- If presented with an application, fill it out neatly and completely.
- Greet the interviewer by surname if you are sure of its pronunciation.
- Don’t answer with a simple “yes” or “no”, explain your answers.
- Make sure you get your points across in a sincere, factual manner.
- Be prepared to answer typical questions like:
- What kind of job are you looking for?
- What are your strengths/ weaknesses?
- What do you know about our company?
- Why did you choose this location?
- How did you get into the industry?
- Answer all the questions honestly, frankly, and as to the point as possible.
- Don’t ever make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers/ companies.
- Don’t inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, etc.
- If the employer asks what type of salary you want, indicate that you are more interested in opportunity than a specific salary.
Closing the Interview:
- If the company offers you the position be tactful about accepting/declining
- If you are interested in the position, accept it on the spot
- If you need time to think it over, be tactful and set a definite date when you will get back to them with an answer.
- Don’t be discouraged if no definite offer is made.
- The interviewer will probably want to talk to management or interview more candidates before the decision is made.
- If you get the impression that the interview is not going well, don’t be discouraged.
- Sometimes the interviewer is testing to see your reaction.
- Thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration of you.
- Call your Executive Recruiter immediately after the interview and inform him/her what happened. The recruiter will talk to you before the interviewer calls back. If you are interested in the position your recruiter will help you get it.