Acing the Interview by collegialadmin | Oct 4, 2019 | Checklists, Resources Hygiene Women, think “less is more” when it comes to your cosmetics. Men: ensure you have a clean shave. Nail polish should be free from chips, choose a natural color. Avoid wearing cologne/perfume. The smell may be an unwelcomed scent to the interviewer. Apparel Based on the industry, you need to decide traditional vs. non-traditional. Iron Clothing and polish shoes. Clothing should be free from stains. Length of dresses/skirts should only be a few inches above the knee; tights are recommended if the length is slightly shorter or if in a very professional work setting, i.e. a law firm. Ensure appropriateness of your attire. Avoid cleavage and anything too tight or revealing. Avoid too much jewelry and watches. Leave handbags/satchels in the car if and when possible. Purse should be zipped and shut prior to entering the building. Avoid carrying the bag in your “hand shaking” hand. Materials Bring a folder/portfolio with multiple resumes and a list of 3 professional references. Type any questions you may have for the interview. This will demonstrate your interest and commitment to the opportunity as well as your ability to be prepared and research. Bring additional paper to take notes and a pen or two. A laptop, tablet or iPad are appropriate when interviewing for a tech, web or design positions. DO NOT BRING coffee or tea. Interview Tips Allow plenty of time for driving/parking. Keep in mind that you may need cash to pay for parking. Arrive 10 minutes early; use the restroom and give yourself a pep talk. Cell phones should be turned off, avoid using vibrate mode as it is still audible Be sure to shake the interviewer’s hand firmly and make sure that the space between your thumb and pointer finger connect with interviewer. Eye contact is a MUST. Ask questions, clarify next steps and express interest. Post Interview Send a thank you note. Handwritten is preferred within 48 hours, if decisions will not be made quickly. Send an email thank you right away especially if you do not have easy access to a thank you card, or if decisions will be made quickly. Reference specific details from the interview to help the interviewer remember you.