right. A suit or the woman’s equivalent is
still the best interview garb. If being dressed that well
will turn off
your potential employer because they are heavy into business casual
done enough research to confirm this about your potential employer),
step better than your interviewer will be dressed. But
was once interviewed by a business owner wearing jeans and hiking
boots; I wore
a suit, and when we spoke later on in the interview about how I should
dressed, he told me that he would have had no respect for me if I had
dressed as casually as he was. By the way, if you feel you
fashionably challenged, go to this site for endless information on
Andy About Clothes.
Put away your cell phone.
People actually check
their Blackberrys and take cell phone calls when I interview
you’re a doctor on call, or there is a catastrophe at the plant (it
of armageddon proportions) that you need to be kept aware of, tell the
about this ahead of time. Otherwise, you simply will not get
It’s best not to drink at all if you’re
having lunch or dinner during an interview, even if your host does.
Don’t smoke before the interview, on
breaks between interviews, and certainly not during the
want to smell good, and not offend the non-smokers.
No swearing. Once
again, don’t, even if your
you’re a man, a trim is a must.
Also, mod length hair or a beard can turn some people off, so why not
of these? (At least until after you’re hired)…
Long hair and earrings on men
will make people think you’re a rock star, not an executive; brush cuts
women will make people think you’re emulating Britney Speers.
your individuality in other ways than your hair.
Some can afford to drive a Mercedes and
some can't or don't choose to, but regardless of the caliber of your
sure it's clean. Keep the outside washed, and the inside
vacuumed and orderly. You may think this is
unimportant, but your
potential boss may see your car, either inadvertently or intentionally,
you'll be marked down if it looks bad.
for a couple of general tips:
Be careful of how your kids answer the
phone – they are a reflection on you. And make sure your home
machine has a short, direct and understandable message on it.
messages with the song Beechwood 4-5789 playing in the background or
those messages that repeats the phone number you just dialed (I always
if I’ve reached the right person when I get one of those).
get a separate line put in your house while you’re
please, no call waiting. I hate getting put on hold, or
having to listen
to those beeps when I’m talking to a candidate and she gets repeated
calls that she ignores.
These are business correspondence, and need to be
perfect. If you want to make yourself look dumb, sloppy or
grammar, spelling or punctuation errors in your emails.