In-Person Interviews

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What to Wear

Professional business attire conveys that you are a person who takes the interview process seriously. Even if the attire of the organization is casual, you should always wear a business suit to an interview unless you are specifically told otherwise by the employer.

What to Bring

A padfolio/folder, pen, notepad
You shouldn’t take notes during the interview, but it is good to jot down important information, impressions, names of interviewer(s), and any other thoughts immediately after your interview.

Copies of your resume and references
Print your documents on high-quality resume paper and offer them at the beginning of the interview. You may also bring samples of your work or provide a link of your work portfolio to demonstrate the skills you possess.

List of questions for the employer
Asking questions is important! It indicates that you are genuinely interested and curious about the employer and have spent time preparing.

How to Get There

Get directions to the location and determine where in the building the interview will take place. If you are unfamiliar with the area, it is a good idea to drive past the location and time your drive a day or two beforehand. Arrive 15 minutes early! If traveling some distance, plan for driving delays.

First Impressions

  • Start strong. Dress professionally, be on time, and greet employers with a smile and a firm handshake. Keep in mind that you are going to be observed at all times. Always remember to turn off your cell phone or other devices prior to the interview.
  • Pay attention to non-verbal communication. When you send mixed messages or your verbal messages don’t match your body language, your credibility crumbles.
  • Maintain good eye contact. It signifies openness, honesty and your interest in the position and the interview, but not too much (staring) so that the interviewer feels uncomfortable.