The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviews

Interviews can be scary Don’t freak out, we’ve got you covered on all the do’s and don’ts for killing the interview and landing your dream job.

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  • Know the company inside and out: How they started, their mission/vision, their competitors, etc. You need to be able to show the employer that you know what you’re talking about.
  • Practice interview questions before hand. You don’t want to be stuck saying something cliché when the interviewer asks the standard “Name one person you’d like to have dinner with- dead or alive”. Practice commonly asked interview questions and make sure your responses are original and educated.
  • Bring your resume and cover letter (be sure to put these in a new envelope). Being prepared is key. Even if the employer doesn’t ask for it in advance, always come with a copy of your resume and cover letter, it shows that your prepared and serious about the position.
  • If you really want to impress leave a little “take away” piece, such as a unique business card. The interview follow up is crucial; it shows the employer that you care, so sending some sort of leave behind will help show how serious you are about the position. You could opt for the standard phone call or e-mail, but if you really wat to stand out, send a handwritten note/ card.
  • Show up with confidence, a smile and a firm handshake. It’s okay to be nervous about your interview- its normal, but while you may be sweating on the inside, you want to show the employer that you’re cool, calm, and collected on the outside. No one’s going to hire a hot mess, so take a deep breath, and relax!
  • Dress to fit the company and role (note: it’s better to be overdressed then underdressed) Know the company your interviewing for and cater your look according to. You wouldn’t show up to an interview at Chanel in an edgy Rick Owens number, so make sure your outfit and aesthetic corresponds to that of the company you’re interviewing for. It’s important to show the employer that you can be a good brand ambassador, and can embody everything the brand stands for. That being said, it’s still important to….
  • Show your personal style. Little accents/ personal touches to your outfit shows the employer who you are, which is important if you want to stand out from the rest.
  • Pay attention to the small details. Shine your shoes, and steam your outfit the night before. Your attention to detail shows the employer that you’re put together and professional. No one’s going to take you serious if you show up to an interview in a wrinkled shirt dress and scuffed booties.

 

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  • Put your phone on silent and don’t take it out (even if you’re in the sitting area waiting for what feels like centuries)
  • Always let the interviewer finish speaking. No one likes being interrupted. Respect the interviewer and let them finish their though before you start yours.
  • Don’t wear an outfit that has seen better days. Yes, it may be your favorite blouse, but if it has stains and pulls (no matter how minor) ditch it! Opt for a new, crisp outfit. First impressions matter!!
  • Tuck and conceal your goodies, this means no visible bras or undies. Undergarments are key people! No one thinks a pink bra showing out of your beige blouse is cute. Dress professional and mature, that way you’ll be taken serious.
  • Keep the overdramatic makeup for your night out afterwards. Opt for a polished, neutral palette for makeup. Your favorite shade from the new MAC collection may be the deep plum, but save it for a more appropriate occasion. Keep it professional!

Text by Marcia Lopes and Olivia Kolarich 

Image by Jennifer DiCarlantonio

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