The first interview is your only opportunity for a
second interview, so take it seriously. Here are some tips to help you ace your
first meeting and increase your chances for a next one.
Dress for success.
Dress conservatively - a navy, black or gray suit is your best choice,
regardless of the corporate dress environment once you get the job. Wear minimal
jewelry. Make-up should be understated and fingernails should be clean, neat and
not brightly polished.
Don't overpower the senses.
Interviews generally take place within closed quarters so wear light perfume or
cologne. Watch what you eat before the interview and keep a breath mint on hand.
Never chew gum during an interview.
Get a good night's sleep
and plan your interview for the time of day when you are at your best. Avoid
planning an interview before work or during lunch if you cannot be flexible with
your time. Allow more time for the interview than you think you need to avoid
Be conscious of your nonverbal
behavior. Look the interviewer in the eye. Remain professional in
posture and demeanor. Sit up straight and control nervous habits, like fidgeting
Speak clearly and
enthusiastically about your skills, knowledge, and abilities. Remain
professional. Answer the question that is put before you, but don't reveal more
information than necessary.
Be pleasant, but not overly
friendly. You are interviewing for a job, not a new best friend, so
Don't interrupt the speaker, ask for permission to take notes, and don't let
long pauses make you feel uncomfortable.
Never present a negative experience with a past employer. Be prepared for
questions that can make you look bad like "Tell me about a weakness." Review
typical interview questions until you are confident with your responses.
Do your homework.
Learn about the company on the Internet. Ask your CORESTAFF recruiter pertinent
questions about the interviewer and the environment. Brush up on the industry by
reviewing industry association Web sites or industry publications.
Arrive early for your interview
and make sure you understand the directions to the location. If you're not
familiar with the area, it doesn't hurt to find the location a few days before
Brush up on your etiquette,
particularly if lunch or dinner is part of the interview.
Write a thank you note
immediately after the interview. Be sure to get business cards for
proper spelling and addresses.