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Interview Tips

Interviewing Tips

Appearance:

oDraw5447You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression so make sure to dress to impress:

Dress Code Tips

  • Business Casual is usually best, even if you are applying at a sports bar it’s still an interview
  • Clean, polished conservative shoes
  • Well-groomed hairstyle
  • Clean, trimmed fingernails
  • Minimal cologne or perfume
  • Empty pockets-no bulges or tinkling coins
  • No gum, candy, or cigarettes (don’t walk in smelling like a cigarette!)

Body Language:

It begins even before you say your first word in an interview. As the interviewer walks toward you to shake hands, an opinion is already being formed. And as you sit waiting to spew out your answers to questions you’ve prepared for, you are already being judged by your appearance, posture, smile or your nervous look.

  • Be confident. You are the best person for the position!
  • Look back at speakers or teachers you’ve listened to. Which ones stand out as memorable? The ones who were more animated and entertaining, or the ones who just gave out information? This is not to say you have to entertain the interviewer — no jokes required — but it does mean the conversation should be animated and interactive.
  • Smile, gesture once in a whle, show some energy and breathe life into the interview experience.

Nonverbal Messages:

  • The Handshake: It’s your first encounter with the interviewer. She holds out her hand and receives a limp, damp hand in return -: not a very good beginning. Your handshake should be firm — not bone-crushing — and your hand should be dry and warm. Try running cold water on your hands when you first arrive at the interview site. Run warm water if your hands tend to be cold. The insides of your wrists are especially sensitive to temperature control.
  • Your Posture: Stand and sit erect. We’re not talking ramrod posture, but show some energy and enthusiasm. A slouching posture looks tired and uncaring. Check yourself out in a mirror or on videotape.
  • Eye Contact: Look the interviewer in the eye. You don’t want to stare at her like you’re trying to look into her soul, but be sure to make sure your eyes meet
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