Before the Interview

Pre-interview preparation is key. Perform company research, plan your transportation means, arrange your attire, and notify your network in advance of the interview. Exhibit poise, enthusiasm, organization and focus by being proactive in planning for interviews…

Research the Company

Browse one or two trade publications for general information about the industry, note one or two current trends.

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Become familiar with some of the "jargon" used in your field.

Research stories about the company you are going to for an interview. Learn more about current projects and company news. Find out the size of the company and understand the company's area of expertise and client base. You may want to note their annual gross or names of company officers. Get a sense of the company's history, including their mission, their HR values, and how they are faring to the competition. Is there new legislation being discussed in the field.

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Prepare your Materials

Carry at least three copies of your résumé with you, printed on high-quality résumé paper.

Be prepared to complete employment applications. Have the following information with you for your use: social security number, job history and address information, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three personal and three professional references.

Bring your calendar to the interview. Be prepared to discuss possible dates for future interviews, but only at the interviewer's prompting.

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Account for Transportation

Research the shortest route to the interview. Hopstop is a good resource to assist in navigating New York City.

If you are using mass transit, be sure you are using up-to-date schedules.

If you are unsure of what path to take, call the personnel director at the company and ask for specific instructions. Carry the name and telephone number of your main contact with you in case you get lost.

Allowing for delays keeps you from rushing, gives you time to remain focused on the interview, and allows time for a pre-interview visit to the bathroom.

If you arrive more than 15 minutes early, take a short walk either within or outside the building. Take notice of your surroundings.

Be sure to carry all applicable map and train/bus schedules with you in the case you are lost.

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Dress for Success

Women Men
Skirted or pants suits, in a solid navy, grey or black color is fine. Avoid frilly collars and cuffs.
A traditional suit is preferred to a blazer. The color should either be a dark blue, gray or black.
A light colored blouse is ideal.
White shirts are always your first choice. Solid blue is an acceptable alternative.
Natural looking and conservative. Avoid bright colors. Use a neutral or clear nail polish on clean and manicured nails. Avoid heavy perfumes.
Black or brown belt, one inch wide, no big buckles.
Light, natural color, plain style (no patterns).
Dark, neat and preferably over the calf.
Should be conservative and compliment the color & style of the interview suit. Low to medium heels are ideal. Basic pumps, toes should be closed, no strappy shoes.
Clean and polished leather lace-up black or dark brown shoes are best.
Clean and neatly styled. Long hair should be worn as conservatively as possible.
Clean, well-groomed and professional looking. Beards and mustaches are neat and trimmed.
One conservative, non-dangling earring per ear, one ring per hand. No dangling or distracting bracelets. No visible body piercing beyond earrings.
No flashy cuff links, rings or gold chains. Wedding or college ring is fine. No earrings or visible body piercing.
Avoid heavy cologne or aftershave.
Conservative silk ties are best. Tie should be solid or has small neat patterns. Be sure the knot is neat and centered on your neck. The bottom of the tie should just reach your belt.

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