Interviewing Tips

There have been literally thousands of books written about job interviews; however there are many BASIC tips that always hold true in any interview situation. What we’ve attempted to do here is put some of those most basic tips together for you, as well as some more defined tips.

  • Be on-time – nobody wants to hire anyone who can’t be on-time for an interview. Even if you have a good excuse, it just does not matter!
  • Go to bed early the night before and be well rested.
  • Dress appropriately – Depending on the type of job interview, there are standards you should follow. Some of those standards follow
  • Wild Nail Polish: This tip is for women or men. Extremely long or uncut nails are a real turnoff, too. Your nails should be groomed and neat.
  • No “Noisy” Jewelry: Don’t wear more than two rings per hand or one earring per ear. And no face jewelry or ankle bracelets allowed.
  • Out-of-Date Suits: These have lapels that are too wide (three inches or more) or too narrow (one inch or less). A good tailor can alter lapels. The style for men’s jackets is full-body and looser rather than fitted or tight.
  • Hemlines should not be more than three inches above the knee. Don’t wear capri pants or leggings to the interview.
  • No Leather Jackets for Men or Women: Even leather blazers are not good for interviewing purposes. They look like outerwear.
  • No Turtlenecks for Men: A tie is preferable, at least in the first go-round. At the very least, wear a collared shirt.
  • Briefcases, purses and shoes should all be conservative in color and in good condition.
  • Be ambitious – show some enthusiasm. Just don’t make your enthusiasm appear patronizing or phony.
  • Hygiene – Make sure your hair is neat and clean, your hands and fingernails are clean and you’ve showered and put on fresh clothes for your interview.
  • Have some questions ready to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview or when he/she asks if you have any questions.
  • Don’t ask about money in your first interview unless the interviewer brings it up…same goes for vacation and holiday time.
  • If your interview includes a walking tour, make sure to keep pace with the interviewer. Don’t lag behind or jump way in front of them.
  • Make sure to keep eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Remain pleasant.
  • Do research on the company you’re about to interview at.
  • Do not chew gum during your interview.
  • Leave your cell phone in the car or shut it off before going in for your interview.