Attire. Unless told otherwise, wear conservative business attire to the interview. Make sure all clothing is clean and wrinkle-free. Make certain that your shoes are polished and avoid wearing sneakers or sandals.
Grooming. Take care with your grooming prior to an interview. Please shower, brush your hair and teeth, and make sure your fingernails are clean and your manicure is fresh. If you wear nylon hose, make sure they dont have holes and are run-free. Remove visible body piercing hardware including nose and tongue studs. Earrings are acceptable in most cases. Dont wear cologne, perfume or scented aftershave.
Dont chew gum in the interview.
Be sure to research the company before your interview (the Internet is a great resource for this). Arrive at the interview with 2 to 3 questions about the company to demonstrate that youve done your homework.
Take a fresh copy of your resume and letters of reference to the interview. Use good paper!
Make eye contact with the interviewer.
Dont bring up salary, benefits, vacation policy or promotional opportunities. There will be time to discuss these things if you receive an offer.
Allow yourself plenty of time. Plan to arrive at the interview site at least 10 minutes before your interview. NEVER arrive late.
If the person interviewing you extends his/her hand to shake yours, make certain that your handshake is firm (dont squeeze hard!) and decisive. No wimpy handshakes!
Be prepared to discuss your greatest strengths, how youve made a positive difference in past positions, your greatest challenges in past positions and how you overcame them.
If you are asked to complete a job application, fill it out completely. Never use see resume. Be sure to print all information and use good grammar and penmanship.
Show enthusiasm in moderation. Dont be afraid to let the person interviewing you know that youre interested in working for his/her company. Just dont overwhelm them.
Follow up your interview with a thank you note or email reiterating your interest in the position.
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