Interview Skills
Dressing for Success

1. Know the position. Re-read the employer’s description of the position before the interview.

2. Know the company. It can be beneficial to know some general information about the company with which you are interviewing. Adequate information can usually be found on the company’s website.

3. Know yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses, and why do you think this position is a good fit for you? What experience do you have that would be useful in the position?

4. Dress up but keep it basic. Dress at least one level above what you would expect to wear to work at this company. A suit is always a safe bet. Keep accessories to a minimum. Keep the focus on what you have to say, not on your outfit.

5. Take your time. It is OK to pause before answering a question. Being prepared is helpful, but sometimes even the most prepared person gets stumped. Pausing and collecting your thoughts can help to keep you from rambling.

6. Try to have at least one question to ask by the end of the interview, as you will inevitably be asked if you have any questions. Asking a good question shows that you are attentive, prepared and genuinely interested in this position.

7. Remember to thank your interviewer.

8. Follow their instructions. If they have requested that you not contact them, don’t contact them. If they have offered you their business card and asked you to contact them with questions, do so.

9. Follow-up. If you were not given a timeline for response, one way to feel out the process is to send an email thanking your interviewer again for the opportunity to meet with him/her. This is your opportunity to pose an additional question about the position or company, reiterate your interest in the position and note your continued interest in receiving a response.
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