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Interview Presentation

 

Preparation

  • Know what you are applying for before you ever show up.
    • Be sure to use the job posting as well as research to discover everything you can about the position you are applying for. Familiarize yourself with details such as the job qualifications, expected work hours, etc.
  • Research the company.
    • You should be able to answer, as well as ask, informed questions about the company. This displays to your employer that you are passionate about your quest for the position and excited about working for their company.
  • Practice interviewing with a friend ahead of time.
    • Practicing ahead of time will help settle any nerves about how you will do and being able to receive feedback beforehand will help you perfect your answers for when the real interview arrives.
  • Have your clothes ready so as to avoid mishaps that could cause you to arrive late.
    • Do you ever plan to wear a certain outfit and then cannot find the shirt you planned to wear? Or you have one shoe, but not the other and this is the only pair that matches your pants? We’ve all been there. To avoid any wardrobe setbacks that could cause you to arrive late, have your outfit planned out and laid out long before you ever actually get dressed. Be sure all the pieces you need are clean, pressed, and ready to go when the time comes.
  • Make sure your resume, references, and questions are ready to go.
    • Have these items in a folder or portfolio, ready to be picked up before you leave. If you are worried about forgetting them, place them near your bag or car keys so that you see them.
  • Practice etiquette.
    • When you arrive for your interview, you want to make a good impression on everyone you come across (after all, they will be your coworkers). If you do not already, practice polite greetings and firm handshakes in the days leading up to your interview. If you make this a habit now, you will not have to worry about when you are already nervous.

Participation

Participation in the interview is vital to showing your employer your passion. During the interview, be sure to follow these guidelines:

  • Ask questions. Do not leave the interview with any questions in mind. It is okay to have questions come up later and these can always be asked when you follow up; however, while you are there take the opportunity to get answers.
  • Stay alert. Make sure you get to bed on time the night before. You absolutely do not want to zone out during an interview and cause the employer to believe you are careless or bored.
  • Do not use your cell phone. Silence or power off your cell phone beforehand. Again you do not want your employer to think you are bored.
  • Engage in conversation. Show your interest by engaging with your interviewer.
  • Use manners.
  • Take notes. Show your employer you are interested in what they have to say as well a good listener by taking notes of pertinent information that comes up during the interview.

Dress

Basic Dress Guidelines

  • Dress a bit more professionally than the job may actually require.
  • Dress modestly.
  • Ensure that your clothes are cleaned and pressed.
  • Avoid strong cologne or perfume.
  • Take the risk of being over dressed rather than under dressed.

 

Casual Dress Guidelines

 

Business Dress Guidelines

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Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.
Building skills to move forward.