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Ensure the Odds are Ever in Your Favor
- Dr. Louis Pasteur famously stated, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” In approaching your interview, it is important that you stack the odds in your favor by thoroughly preparing for each phase and component of the interview process. The tips included on this page will provide a launching point for your preparation.
What to Wear
When it comes to interviewing, first impressions are important. The way you dress and present yourself is crucial when meeting with a potential employer. Although every workplace may have its own uniqueness and culture, there are a couple universal norms when it comes to interview attire.
- You are the star: Walking out of the interview, your goal is that they remember you, not your clothes, accessories, fragrance, or hair.
- Avoid flash: If you have to ask yourself if something is appropriate, it’s probably not. Avoid flashy and bright colors. (Black, blue, and dark gray are recommended.)
- Conservative: Avoid risqué clothing. Seek out multiple opinions, if anyone objects, find something less revealing and/or flashy.
- Presentable: Make sure all clothing is neat, wrinkle-free, and shoes should be closed-toe.
- Less is more: This applies to makeup, perfume, cologne, accessories, etc.
Treat the interview as your next mid-term. Be sure to thoroughly research and practice to ensure that you thoroughly understand and appreciate the role and how your skills and experiences complement the opportunity.
- Research the Company:
- Print the job description and copies of your resume.
- Create a list of your work, extracurricular, and educational accomplishments and be prepared to link these experiences directly to the job description.
- Develop organization specific questions as well as general questions that allow you to consider work culture.
- Video yourself answering common interview questions or conduct a mock interview that allows for a more authentic experience.
- Arrive Early:
- Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to account for the unexpected like traffic, forgetting a crucial document, or simply getting lost. While you should arrive early, you do not have to immediately check in; instead, plan on arriving to the final destination 5-10 minutes before the interview.
Once the actual interview ends, you are not quite done! The next step is to follow up with the interviewer(s). Whether you send an email or handwritten letter is up to you. Be sure to craft a letter that is free of mistakes and reflects your passion for the position and organization.