How to Interview

Interviewing is not just about interview quesitons and answers, there are many factors that should be consdiered when learning how to interview such as how to dress, how to follow up, how to answer interview questions, and how to research. This guide on how to interview will not only prepare you for the best possible interview experience, but will make you an interview master.

How to dress:

As I am sure you have heard a million times the first impression is always the most important and longest lasting impression you make, this is no different for a potential employer. Even though some people will claim that they do not pass judgement on other people based on appearence this is absolutly not true in the work place. The first time you are in contact with a potential employer the first thing they are going to see is what you are wearing. Regardless of the work enviroment, or if you know people at the company who dress casually, interviewing requires professional attaire, regardless of situation.

What is professional attire? Professional attire varies depending upon age, and gender. Remember that the candidate that is dressed in a suit whether a man or a women, is always goign to make a better impression and therefore be a better candidate than the fellow in the scruffy jeans and a v-neck.

Men’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (solid dark colors are perffered such as a navy or dark grey)
  • Long sleeve shirt (coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks with dark conservative leather shoes
  • No Jewlery
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Little to no aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase (contain a copy of resume)

Women’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (solid dark colors are perffered such as a navy or dark grey)
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Very Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase (containing a copy of your resume)

How to Follow up:

Following up after an interview is extremely good interview etiquette. Not only is it good to have proper interview etiquette but also reinfoces to the employer that you are interested in the postition you are applying for. Using your thank you letter is also the best way to address any concerns or issues that you may have come up with during, or after the interview.

You should look at your thank you as a follow-up sales pitch, so remember to sell yourself again. Restate why you want the job, restate your qualifications, restate how you can contribute to the organization, and restate how you would benefit the orgnaization if you were to get the job. Don’t forget to discuss important items that you didn’t answer thoroughly during the interview questions and answers session. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss these issues, however the thing to remember is that your thank you note should be brief, to the point, and thorough at the same time. About 5 brief paragraphs should be perfect.

How to Research:

There are always steps that one should take when learning how to interview. Research is definitely one of the first steps that you should do in this process of learning how to interview. When researching, make sure to gather background information on the employer that you are planning on interviewing with. The reason this data gathering element is so crucial when preparing for interview questions and answers is because there will be questions that are pertaining to this information. For example There will be interview questions such as “What do you know about our company?” and “What makes you want to work for our company?”.

Knowing about the organizations prior performance history and future plans will not only make the interview more interactive but will definitely make you stand out as a knowledgeable interviewee. This can be the defining factor that gives you that competitive edge in the market. A fantastic place to gather information about the company is the organizations offical website, this is also a great place to get the details and specifics on the position you are interviewing for. Contacting the prospective employer is another great way to gets details and information on the position, and asking for the company literature, which can only improve your position in the eyes of the company. Using google searches is a great way to obtain other information about the company that isn’t availible on the employer website. This is the perfect information to use give you the competitive edge, and maybe you can even give the interviewer information about thier own company they are not even aware of yet.