Men and Women 

  1. All clothes should be neatly pressed.
  2. Conservative two-piece business suite (solid dark blue or gray is best)
  3. Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best)
  4. Clean, polished, conservative shoes
  5. Clean and well-groomed hairstyle
  6. Clean, trimmed fingernails
  7. Minimal cologne or perfume
  8. Empty pockets - no noisy coins
  9. No gum, candy or cigarettes


  1. Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern
  2. Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best); clean and polished
  3. Dark socks (black is best)
  4. Short hair always fairs best in interviews
  5. No beards - mustaches are acceptable (keep neat and trimmed)
  6. No earrings
  7. No heavy cologne


  1. Always wear a suit with a jacket; or a sheath dress with a jacket
  2. Do not wear extremely high-heeled or platform shoes
  3. Do not wear open-toe shoes or mules (they are more casual)
  4. If you wear nail polish (not required), use clear or a conservative color
  5. One set of earrings only
  6. Conservative makeup
  7. No heavy perfume
  8. No heavy cologne

Things To Avoid In An Interview

  1. Poor personal appearance
  2. Lack of interest and enthusiasm
  3. Over-emphasis on money
  4. Criticism of past employer
  5. Poor eye contact with interviewer
  6. Late to interview
  7. Failure to express appreciation for interviewer's time
  8. Asks no questions about the job
  9. Unwillingness to relocate
  10. Indefinite answer to question
  11. Overbearing, aggressive, conceited with 'know-it-all' complex
  12. Inability to express self clearly; poor voice, poor diction, poor grammar
  13. Lack of planning for career, no purpose or goals
  14. Lack of confidence
  15. Failure to participate in activities
  16. Expects too much too soon
  17. Makes excuses
  18. Lack of courtesy, ill-mannered
  19. Lack of energy
  20. Lack of maturity
  21. Sloppy application form
  22. No interest in company or industry
  23. Pessimistic

What to Say

  1. Introduce yourself with a smile and firm handshake. Maintain good eye contact during conversation.
  2. Demonstrate to the recruiter what you want to and can do for the employer today, based on employer research. Give two minute commercial.
  3. Answer questions with:
    " Yes, for example (accomplishment/result statement)" and
    " No, however (accomplishment/result statement)"
  4. Show interest in what the interviewer is saying, by nodding your head and leaning toward him/her occasionally.
  5. Give positive answers to negative-based questions.
  6. Ask the recruiter prepared questions.
  7. Initiate the next step by asking what the next step is.
  8. Ask for the recruiter's business card for future contact. Immediately after you leave make notes of important points of discussion.

What To Do

  1. Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  2. Use time wisely to review employer research information.
  3. Have pen and paper. Asking to borrow a pen indicates lack of preparation.
  4. Be enthusiastic. Recruiters remember a positive attitude.
  5. Listen carefully to the interviewer's complete question before responding.
  6. If needed, pause and take time before answering difficult questions.
  7. Keep going even if you feel you made a mistake.
  8. Carry extra resumes, references, etc. organized in a portfolio Unless asked, do not discuss salary and benefits.

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