Career Development

Successful Interview Tips

Before the Interview:

• Research the organization. Become familiar with the business’ history, current and future initiatives.
• Go to the interview site in advance. Try to calculate the best route and traffic expectations to avoid being late.
• Prepare a portfolio to bring to the interview. Make sure to include copies of your resume and references, along with a pen and pad.
• Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Be respectful of all office personnel, as negative exchanges could be communicated to the interviewer.

During the Interview:

• Remember the interviewer’s name, periodically repeating it throughout the interview.
• Be aware of any non-verbal cues and body language. Remain engaged in conversation, but do not become too comfortable; remember that this is a professional setting.
• Keep answers direct and to the point.
• Avoid negative comments about past employers. Communicate the positive aspects about former jobs and demonstrate how you have grown from those experiences.
• Be prepared to ask the interviewer at least two or three questions at the end of the interview session. This shows that you were paying attention and have a genuine interest in the company. However, refrain from asking about salary, benefits, vacation, etc. Always ask when a follow-up communication may be expected.

After the Interview:

• Sincerely thank the interviewer for his/her time.
• Send a thank you note/card to the interviewer, as well as to individuals at the company that you met and your references. Make sure to send it immediately after the interview.
• If you do not obtain the position, ask for feedback from the interviewer. They may be able to give valuable feedback on areas where you can improve upon your interviewing skills and may keep you in mind for upcoming opportunities.


How to Dress for an Interview

Perception is reality. Your attire for an interview is extremely important. The interviewer’s first impression of you will set the tone for the interview, and in some cases, can determine if you get the job. While it is important to know the culture and standards of the organization, the best practice is to dress in professional, business attire for the interview. Here are some guidelines to use when dressing for the interview.


• Suit – Well fitting; navy, dark gray or black. No fancy patterns or designs.
• Shirt – White, long-sleeved.
• Tie – Conservative; solids or stripes, no distasteful designs.
• Shoes – Dark; leather, shined.
• Belt – Should match your shoes.
• Socks – Dark; should match your suit.
• Hair/Nails – Neat, trimmed.
• Accessories – Limited. Watch with leather strap; light cologne, if any.


• Suit/Dress – Not too tight, “form-fitting” or revealing; navy, dark gray or black. Skirt should be at knee length or below. Dress should have sleeves or be coordinated with a jacket.
• Blouse – Coordinate color with suit.
• Stockings/Hosiery – Neutral or skin-toned color.
• Shoes – Dark closed-toed heels.
• Hair/Nails – Professional, natural colors only.
• Accessories – Limited. No dangling earrings, excessive rings or bracelets. Light perfume, if any. Carry briefcase, portfolio or small, conservative purse.



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