Dress For Success

So you finally decided to look for a job and now you have your very first interview. Like most people, you probably want to make a good first impression if you’re planning to work for that company. You should always focus on your interviewing skills first, as well as do a little research before going into the interview. But what a lot of people omit from their pre-interview prep is their appearance. Believe it or not, first appearances are extremely important when it comes to getting that job because it tells a lot about who you are and how you hold yourself. So here are ten important tips that you must remember before going for an interview.

TIP #1

The first and most important thing you need to do is be groomed and clean. That means no messy hair and no beards (for the guys). Make sure you take a shower either the night before your interview or just before. Make sure you hair is properly in its place.

TIP #2

Brush your teeth. Don’t have a smoke and walk right in- it will smell! If you must have a cigarette, bring some breath mints with you. Make sure you brush your teeth before you leave and don’t overpower yourself with perfume.  Just one spritz is enough- you’re going for a job not for a guy/girl!

TIP #3

Make sure your shoes are clean! I cannot stress that enough because so many people disregard the appearance of their shoes when it is equally important that your shoes are clean, just like your teeth or your hair. So make sure you check that over before you leave!

TIP #4

Do not wear crazy nail polish colors. Stick to regular colors such as peach, red, white, and neutrals. Don’t leave your black nail polish on, it’s just very unprofessional.

TIP #5

Dress appropriately! A lot of people don’t know how to dress the right way for an interview, so it’s important that you look the part. Wear something that makes you feel empowered and ready to take on anything. By that I mean any professional business attire such as a suit, suit pants and a jacket, pencil skirt with a blouse, etc. Make sure the attire is appropriate and that you don’t show any unnecessary skin such as cleavage, thighs, or any other part that you interviewer might not want to see.

TIP #6

If you decide to wear a skirt, do wear pantyhose. Don’t ever go to an interview without pantyhose or stockings. Bare legs in a business environment is a big no-no. Also, don’t wear any patterned pantyhose. Stick to either your basic skin color or black.

TIP #7

If possible, avoid wear open-toed shoes. Again, this is not a professional item to wear to an interview. If you must, make sure you wear pantyhose with that. No one wants to see wiggling toes unfortunately!

TIP #8

Do wear a little bit of color. Wearing all black at an interview can make you look to serious and might come across as amateurish. If you’ve already been to a few interviews, you know that although it is serious business, you don’t need to be super strict in your attire. If you’re wearing a suit, wear a bright colored shirt underneath to give your outfit a little bit of spice.

TIP #9

Try to stay away from accessories. A couple of rings on your fingers, a soft, thin necklace and maybe a pair of small earrings is just enough. But don’t whip out your colorful bangles or your chunky necklaces. Keep your accessories simple and to a minimum.

TIP #10

And your final tip is to stand up straight and be confident. Your attire and your resume won’t help you if your posture is not straight and you’re not smiling from the second you meet your interviewer. Just relax, be happy and have confidence- that’s all there is to it!


Start by doing your research on the company you are interviewing with. Try to get as much information as possible by using search engines like Google and Bing. On the day of the interview make sure you have 2 pens, 2 resumes and all your prior employers dates and address available. If you have any degrees , certifications or recommendations have copies as well. When you arrive at your interview be sure to make sure you look neat and professional, check yourself in the mirror. Remember, you only have one chance to make a first impression!

Once you arrive at the location, walk in with confidence, greet the front office person. You should alway’s be polite with anyone you encounter at the job interview. I once had a candidate walk into my office and start complaining about everything; little did they know that I was sitting at the front desk covering for the reception for a few minutes, you should have seen his face when he realized  he was going to interview with me. Remember, you never know whom you might be talking too!  It’s alway’s best to make sure you know where you are going prior to the day of the interview, you don’t want to be rushing around or be late. A good rule of thumb is present yourself no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your interview. Some companies will want you to fill out an application even if you have a resume. When the receptionist says  “They will see you now”  listen to her instructions carefully. “It’s the first door on the left” thank the receptionist and head into the interview.  How you interview for a job can set the path for your  future.

As an Executive Recruiter for more than 17 years, I have been debriefed by hundreds of candidates and the Employers with whom they met, post interview.  My success as a recruiter was directly related to how well my candidates did on the interview. I only made money if they got the job. Therefore, knowing intimate details of how the interview went became an advantage for me in getting future candidates job offers, as I continually perfected the interview preparation.

How to answer interview questions, what questions you should ask, and what not to do (mistakes to avoid) and what to do in the interview was the main focus of the preparation given to my candidates prior to their interviews. Expert preparation can land you your dream job.

Here are some tips for an interview from the highly successful interview preparation given to my candidates.

In an interview there is the interviewee, the person being interviewed, and the interviewer, the Employer conducting the interview.  The interviewer(s) could be decision-making VPs, Directors, line Managers, HR Directors, or  junior personnel clerks who knows little about the job itself, or several people in a panel, all with a stake in the hiring decision. Prepare to adapt as needed, though the core of the job interview preparation stays the same. It’s like you’re an artist and there’s a blank canvas, you want to paint the picture they want to see. Keep in mind there’s always a third-party in any interview.

Prepare a needs-assessment drill. Put yourself in the employer’s chair. What sort of candidate would impress you if you were interviewing people for this particular job?

To prepare to qualify to what it is they need done, review the job advertisement or description, which usually give details of the qualifications, skills, traits and abilities important to the employer. Write each point you relate to and make sure you have a clear understanding of the position. Remember , you are also there to see if you even want this job.

How to Answer Interview Questions

All questions are liabilities that you can turn into assets.

Standard interview questions to prepare for.

  • Tell me about yourself?

The opening gambit of many interviews, some people find this request overly vague and annoying, failing to recognize it as the perfect opportunity to begin a targeted sales pitch. All questions are liabilities that you can turn into assets.

Standard answer, I call this the 2 minute drill. Respond with a brief (no more than two-minute) answer. Include information about past experiences.

Advanced response to this question is “I’d love to, exactly where would you like me to start”, 9 out of 10 times they will say start where you like, and then answer with something relevent.

Personal interests are an opportunity to discuss your passion for what you do.

What are your strengths?

Again, target your response to qualify to the employer’s needs. If you know it’s a high pressured job and you have nerves of steel, say so. If negotiation skills are required, discuss your strengths.

  • What are your weaknesses?

Some see this as a trick question or merely a stupid one but it comes up often in interviews and requires a sincere response. It tells interviewers that you’re objective about yourself, that you recognize your flaws and use initiative to overcome them.

You could instead disclose a valid weakness and place it on a work in progress.

Samples of other questions covered are, Why did you leave your last job? Why do you want this job? Salary?, How do you deal with conflict?  Where do you see yourself in five years? or What do you want to be doing in five years? What makes you the best candidate?

Prepare to tell stories about yourself. Brief, pithy (success) stories about yourself and your abilities are a graphic way to sell yourself in interviews of all kinds

Hopefully, this helps and Good luck !

How to Write a Resume

In today’s competitive job market, creating the best resume possible may seem daunting. It can help to view the process much like an elaborate puzzle that comes together piece-by-piece.

Let’s talk about how to write a resume. Begin by making sure all your contact information at the top of page — the header — is current and free of errors.

In addition to address and phone numbers, many resumes now feature links to job seekers’ personal websites as well as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles. But be sure those pages are updated and don’t contain any postings (comments, photos, etc.) that might make a potential employer second guess your candidacy.

You also want to give recruiters a heads-up about what it is you’re looking to do — the objective behind your resume. This section, which shouldn’t include the word “objective,” should give readers a solid sense that you understand the job you’re applying for. It should also incorporate keywords related to the position to help you get past electronic scanners.

Next, move on to your experience. Whether the accomplishments listed in this section involve previous employment, education, skills learned or awards earned, they can help set you apart from the competition. So shoot for using a clever design or unique language to further highlight your expertise.

For more on how to assemble an eye-catching resume, check out the infographic below, produced by Mindflash.com, an online presentation service.


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