How much do you want to know about the company you’re interviewing with?
- You will want to know A LOT about the company you may be working for
- Ask your recruiter or conduct your own research
- Study the company website
- Study the job description
- Research the company online for pertinent company information, news articles, etc.
Directions to your interview
- Plan your itinerary, distance, and time of arrival
- Look for alternate routes in case of construction, traffic, or accidents
- Take enough money and a credit card to cover your travel for food, rental car, lodging, etc.
- Take your laptop and cell phone, if needed
- Decide what you are going to wear
- Does your suit or dress need to be dry-cleaned?
- Do you need a haircut or styling?
- Make up
- Don’t over do your make up
- Body Odor
- Be sure to shower and groom yourself appropriately
- We suggest eliminating perfume all together as some people have an allergic reaction
- Pet hair
- Make sure your clothes are free from pet hair
- Perhaps keep a small lint roller in your vehicle to remove any stray hairs found before the interview
- Bad Breath
- Brush your teeth before leaving for your interview
- You could use a breath mint or chew gum while driving to your interview, but be sure to get rid of it before your interview
- Cigarette Smoke on your clothes and hands can be a turn off
When to arrive
- Be on time – not too early (5-10 minutes)
Parking lot and lobby behavior: Do’s and Don’ts
- You can be seen from the moment you step out of your car
- You can be overheard talking on your cell phone in the public bathroom
- You can be seen smoking a cigarette in the parking lot
Do’s and Don’ts of a successful interview
- Keep your answers brief and to the point
- Do not elaborate unnecessarily
- Listen Carefully to what is being said
- Don’t talk over the interviewer or interrupt
- Don’t bad mouth your previous employer or co-workers
- Refrain from Sharing too much personal information
- Do not make excuse for your mistakes
- Take responsibility and share how you learned from the challenging experience.
What to take with you to the interview
- Clean resume that matches the one you sent to the employer
- Portfolio or examples of your work that is pertinent to the position
- References (Again, make sure they are up to date with correct information)