In Interview Tip #2 I noted that you should also take notes that you can refer to unobtrusively during an interview. You may want to have a folder or a planner of some sort with you when you meet your potential new employer. You should make sure you have extra copies of your resume, business cards, and a pad of paper and pen.
Plan to wear comfortable, suitable clothes. Think about the setting and your personal style and then improve upon that. Even if the setting is business casual, or all out casual, it is always a good idea to dress to impress. Don’t dress in a tuxedo if you are going to interview for a truck driving job, but it wouldn’t hurt to wear a jacket and button down shirt!
Make sure that your clothing fits you well and is comfortable to wear sitting, standing and walking. The last thing you want to do is to focus on your ill-fitting, scratchy, or otherwise uncomfortable clothes while trying to impress an employer! Don’t just stand in front of the mirror – walk around and sit down for a half hour or so. Make sure you not only look good, but you feel good.
Wear hose or stockings if you are a woman (having a backup pair that has been tested is also advisable). Don’t get too creative and be conservative with your shoes as well, think about heel and toes – not too high and not open.
Your attire should also look good front and back. Ask someone else’s opinion. If you are an introvert you will already be nervous enough – no need to add to it by allowing your mind to stray toward your outfit! Look good, feel good.
So, you have practiced (see Interview Tip #1), prepared your notes (Tip #2), and have appropriate, comfortable clothes to wear (see Interview Tip #3), Interview Tip #4 shared the importance of visiting the location the day before, and Tip #5, was relax. They all addressed preparation and tips for before the interview. Tip # 6 (Breathe), this one and the next tips deal with that nerve racking During-The-Interview period. Join me next time for Tip #8….
Here is a list of resources for possible interview questions and/or other resources: