Importance: [⭐⭐] Have a light meal or snack just before your appointment. Not only will this help you to avoid any light-headed, dizzy feelings, but it will chase away those troublesome, embarrassing, and annoying hunger growls during the silence of the interview.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐] There’s nothing more unwelcome at an interview than an unexpected call on the interviewee’s phone. While a ring to the desk phone of your interviewer may allow you to take a breath and collect yourself, don’t let it be yours. However, don’t turn your phone off completely—you may find it comes in handy should you need to add a contact or appointment to your calendar.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐] If you’re a nervous Nellie, like I am, you might suffer from sweaty palms (among other things) prior to an interview. Here’s one of my favorite interview tips: don’t send the message that you’re feeling anxious before you even sit down for your chat; wash and dry your hands, or use an alcoholic hand sanitizer, to greet your interviewer with a confident handshake that won’t gross them out. Also, skip that greasy hand cream!
Importance: [⭐⭐] One of the great things about interviews is that they can be treated like an open-book test. Not only will bringing notes help you to remember some of your answers and questions to ask them, but you’ll look more prepared and professional when you whip out a notebook from your briefcase before answering that tough question. While you’re at it, bring 3-5 extra copies of your resume to have on hand. They probably won’t need it, but better safe than sorry!
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐] A friendly, confident smile is of the most important things to wear to an interview. While it won’t get them to overlook your other clothing, it will work wonders in making you look like a perfect addition to their team. Learn more here: What to Wear to an Interview: Outfit Ideas for Men & Women [50+ Tips] You’re hours away from your make-or-break moment. Here’s what you need to do just before the interview:
Importance: [⭐⭐] You may not be able to get a read on what the dress code is, so err on the conservative side. Keep colors minimal and basic, instead of flashy or numerous. If you really want to know what the employees wear on a day-to-day basis, consider stopping in for a quick look-around sometime before your interview (days, not hours, before).
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐] It probably goes without saying that you’ll want to choose from your best outfits to wear for your all-important interview. Don’t forget to iron, and don’t use too much perfume. Polish your shoes before leaving home. Trim your fingernails. Also, as for interview dress tips, have a glance at the company’s about page, if they have one, to see if you can get a sense of how employees might be dressed there. It might be a great way to gauge what to wear.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐] Don’t let those pesky sweat glands under your arms make you look like a fool—that’s easy enough to do, anyway. Put on a tried-and-tested antiperspirant to reduce your underarm sweating. Also, wear an undershirt so that you have one more layer to protect any wet spots from being broadcasted publicly to the interviewer.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐] For women: Choose a solid-color pant suit with conservatively-colored shoes and shirt or blouse to match. Avoid wearing heels and too much makeup, jewelry, and perfume. If you choose to wear a skirt instead of the pants, pair them with light or skin-tone hosiery. For men: A suit of a solid color is also recommended, especially in the most formal interviews. However, if you feel the company is not so strict, you could pair a blazer with some slacks for a semi-casual look. A white button-up shirt, a suit-matching tie, and black or brown loafers go well whichever route you take. As with females, keep the jewelry and cologne to a minimum. Professional attire will help make a great first impression.
Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐] Your social media profiles may have more available to the public than you realize or care for. Ensure your interviewers don’t get the wrong picture by removing all negative pictures (and other content) of you, such as sexually-suggestive pictures, political rants, hangover complaints, and so on. Read this post to ensure you do it right: How to Check Your Online Presence Before Recruiters Look You Up Would you go on a first date without showering and slathering on some deodorant? No, right? Well, an interview is like a very important first date. Here are some interview tips on style and what to wear in an interview: