Tips

Dress up for your interview

Interview Attire for Women
  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Moderate shoes
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Tan or light hosiery
  • Sparse make-up & perfume
  • Manicured nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Interview Attire for Men
  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • White long sleeve shirt
  • Conservative tie
  • Dark socks, professional shoes
  • Very limited jewellery
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Manicured nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

 

How to handle interviews

Present yourself well before, during & after your interview.

Before
  • Learn all you can about the company or organization
  • Be prepared to answer and ask questions
  • Prepare your clothes for your interview
  • Prepare papers for your interview

During
  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early
  • Treat all people you encounter with professionalism and kindness
  • Don’t let the employer’s casual approach cause you to drop your manners or professionalism
  • Don’t chew gum or smell like smoke
  • Turn off your cell phone during an interview
  • Sit straight, smile as often as you can, maintain eye contact
  • Avoid fidgeting and slouching
  • Be confident and reassuring and calm
  • Don’t make negative comments about previous employers or professors (or others)
  • Listen very carefully to each question you are asked and give thoughtful, to-the-point and honest answers
  • When the interviewer concludes the interview, thank him / her, offer a firm handshake, make eye contact and depart gracefully

After
  • Send a thank you letter to the interviewer immediately
  • If the employer said they would decide in a few days, call them in a week, thank them again for the interview and reiterate your interest.

 

Write an impressive CV

  • Get clear on what the employer is looking for and what you have to offer before you begin your resume
  • You need not confine yourself to work-related accomplishments
  • Your resume should be pointed towards conveying why you are the perfect candidate for one specific job or job title