The Interview Day

Job interviews can be a very stressful experience.  Being prepared will help to reduce stress.

What to Wear on Job Interviews
As an applicant, you have one chance to make a first impression. The interviewer will remember you appearance. Serious prospects wear clothes that are clean and professional. Make the right decision on what to wear so that hiring managers will take you seriously.

Regardless of a dress code, clothes are always conservative. When in doubt, you should where a business attire. Supervisors will tell a you when a dress code is casual. This comment is a tip to dress appropriately.

A good recommendation is dressing one step above what is expected from an applicant. Consider this, wear business attire. Unless, a hiring manager says casual work day, potential candidates dress business casual.

If an interview is on casual Fridays, do not make the mistake of wearing the same type of clothes as all the other employees. People already hired wear jeans, shorts and sandals. However, do not overdress. Focus on casual attire.

Wear dress pants or dress skirts in neutral colors like black, navy, gray and brown. Wear a dress shirt or blouse in pastel or neutral colors. Light pink, green, white, or blue are safe. Bold colors, such as red are distracting.

Wear closed shoes and refrain from wearing high heels. You would not want to fall down at an interview.

Do not wear jewelry that makes noise when you move. No items that dangles or anything fancy on the body. It is best to wear minimal jewelry.

Your hairstyle determines the entire look of an outfit. Do not sport a messy or trendy hairstyle. A smart, conservative, polished hairstyle is appropriate for an interview. For a conservative look, bring a briefcase, a small handbag or a portfolio with a resume.

Background Knowledge of Companies
Get reliable knowledge about the firm. Such as, what year the company was formed. Be aware of the competition. List names of management staffs. Research the types of services the company offers to people. Be eager to find out who the company’s main clients are. During an interview, candidates could be questioned about the firm.


Record the time, duration and place of an interview before the date. Spell out the name of the company. Be familiar with the location.Arrive thirty minutes prior to the interview. Use this opportunity to adjust to an environment. The employers and staff pay attention to punctuality. A single mistake can cost someone from being hired for a job.

Interview Questions and Answers
Prepare for an interview with answers that relate to the company.
Sample Questions Employers Asks:

• “What is your expectation for the job?” The supervisor wants to know what you desired from the last job. Discuss expectations and give examples of how the last job worked out. You should not focus on your boss or your colleges. Focus instead on the job by discussing responsibilities, training and opportunities for professional development.

• “What major challenges and problems did you face?” Share examples of a difficult situation you were able to overcome by researching the issue and offering a solution.

Do’s and Don’ts During an Interview
If an employer asks “Why should I hire you?” Mention two areas where the company values one’s skills. Give two examples as proof.

Emphasize skills listing three qualifications. Do not be afraid to discuss challenges from previous jobs. Show evidence that of maintaining a successful track record.

The Follow-Up
You should follow-up after an interview without coming off like a stalker. You should think about following up with the supervisor before ending the interview. Ask the supervisor for permission to follow-up. Get contact information and a date when a decision is made. This information sets the stage letting the manager know the sincerity for working with their firm.

Following up the next day to show appreciation for an interview is fine. Anything beyond that may appear annoying.

Applicants will experience stress, especially if you have gone for countless interviews. Prepare yourself by dressing appropriately and conservatively for an interview. Also remember to be mentally prepared for the questions you may be asked.


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