This post focuses on how to prepare for an interview on interview day, including dressing for success and what you should bring to your interview. Please leave us a note below if you have any questions!
Dressing For Success
From your company research (see previous post), you should have a feel for what employees of the company wear. In general, you want to “overdress” rather than “underdress.”
Men should wear dress slacks, a sport coat, and tie. Shirts should be white or a light color, and chose a tie in a conservative pattern and color. Wear brown or black dress shoes that have been recently polished.
For women, dress slacks or a skirt are preferred over a dress, and a conservative suit is appropriate in most situations. You can choose a colorful blouse or one bold accessory (necklace, earrings, or bracelet), but understated is usually better. Choose conventional shoes — comfortable, in good condition, and a neutral color.
You want the interviewer to remember you for your interview, not for your outfit.
What To Bring To The Interview
Bring extra printed copies of your resume with you. Also bring a copy of your cover letter. You should have also prepared a page of reference contacts. These individuals should have all agreed to being listed as a reference, and you should notify them that you are interviewing and they should be ready to expect a call.
Also bring along anything the interviewer requested you that you bring to the interview. This could include a portfolio, writing sample, or any other pre-interview “homework.” You may need to bring along identification documents, either to get into the building (if there is a security desk) and/or to submit along with your job application.
You should also prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer; 3-5 questions is usually sufficient. Often, interviewers will ask if you have any questions for them. The wrong answer is, “no.” For a very comprehensive list of suggested questions to ask the interviewer, see this previous blog series.
Also, make sure you arrive early for your interview — at least 10 minutes early. (But don’t show up an hour early either. If you get to the company more than 30 minutes early, wait in your car.)
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