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Updated 09/23/2016

   Dressing the part is always important for an interview.
   Always dress one to two levels above the employees but never less than
   "Business" attire.  This first perception often is included in your interview
   score so do it up right as part of those critical first impressions.

 
   WOMEN'S ATTIRE
     Dress one "step" nicer than is standard for the company
    you are interviewing with.  Conservative dark gray or
    black suit to your interview with a bank; slacks and a
    blouse (and a sweater depending on the season) to a
    company with more relaxed standards.
          What Should Women Wear to a Job Interview - KnockemDead.com 

  MEN'S ATTIRE
    A good dark blue or gray suit, cleaned and pressed with
    an appropriate colored conservative tie and a crisp white
    shirt with well-shined black shoes are always a winning
    combination for business.  Color appropriate socks guys.

  WOMEN AND MEN
    Always ensure the hair, fingernails, and hands are good
    including fingernail length, cut and clean under the nail.
    Makeup should be basic and avoid anything that will be
    a scent or odor such as smoke, perfume or cologne as
    these are strong memory triggers you may not want in play.


LADIES
Conservative Attire

You want to interviewer to focus on what you're saying and not any particular
aspect of your appearance.  Hairstyle will depend on your hair type, but learn mroe toward how you should look for church than for a night out partying.  Jewelry to a minimum, nothing flashy.  Avoid perfume or other scents as scent is a very strong emotional trigger and you may remind them of their cheating ex-wife or their cheating husband's bimbo.  Don't risk it.



GENTLEMEN
Conservative Attire

Navy or gray is good, black is sometimes too formal.  A light pen strip is good.
Avoid French Cuffs on the shirt.  A traditional and conservative color appropriate tie, no bow ties.  Minimal jewelry, no sports or Rolex watches.  Nothing in your hair or on your head Black shined lace-up shoes with black socks long enough not to expose bare leg no matter how you sit.



LADIES & GENTLEMEN
Tattoos
Employers are less likely to hire someone with visible tattoos.  Some companies will require no tattoos are to be visible while on company property.  There is a perception those with tattoos are offered lower starting salaries than those without. Keep them covered.


LADIES & GENTLEMEN
Body Piercings
If these will be visible, consider what you can do to reduce their exposure or remove them.  The perception is much the same as with Tattoos.


LADIES & GENTLEMEN
Social Media Accounts

Never leave any Social Media Accounts where others can post material without your review and approval.  You never know what will be posted and they, at the time, may not care what the professional impact will be to your career.  And once something hits the Internet, it's there and is very challenging if not impossible to get it removed from the entire Internet once it is posted.  It is a safe bet, to protect the company, the hiring manager or HR will be checking.  Set Instagram to "Invite Only" to prevent unauthorized viewers.  Lock down Facebook.  LinkedIn is secured as is.  People who rose to high positions have been terminated over photographs that reflect poorly on the company and the individual.
Password protect your Social Media Accounts from unauthorized updates. 


LADIES & GENTLEMEN
Employment History

Your Employment History is a legal document used in considering your eligibility for employment.  Some people may not fully reflect the truth on their filings or just flat out lie about earned degrees or even their attending the university/college. 
High level executives have been publically terminated for such fabrications.


LADIES & GENTLEMEN
Company Insight

Glassdoor.com provides a good tool to look at reported salaries by job title by city. 
You need to join but there is no cost and it bring other value to the table for you including reported interview questions and insights into the company.  Remember that anyone can join so some information may be "company provided" to offset comments from unhappy current or former workers.



LADIES & GENTLEMEN
Frequently Asked Questions

Some questions are high potential questions to be asked, such as "What are your strengths and weaknesses?", "Where do you see yourself in five years", and "What is it about this particular company that makes you want to work here?"  It is hard not to revert to a "political campaign stump speech" so think about the specifics to that employer so you don't come across as well scripted.


LADIES & GENTLEMEN
Ask questions that play to the company culture and values
Ask about the interviewer's experiences at the company, why they joined, if anything came close to causing them to leave and why did they decide to remain?
Also ask what was their path to their current position and where could that position lead to.



LADIES & GENTLEMEN
Always research your interviewer
Being from the same college can be an instant bond for you, but don't let it get too personal.  Take note of items in their office of a personal nature and use those as an initial conversation point.  This could be from travel, sports, hobbies or other common interests you both have.


LADIES
Are you expecting
If so, don't talk about it.  Yes, if you are showing, do not go down that path.  Fears may arise about you potentially being a single Mom. Stay focused on what YOU can do for the COMPANY and now what THEY can do for YOU.


LADIES & GENTLEMEN
Under the weather or just recovering?

Put these "on the table" early to remove concerns this is "the normal you" or that you have contracted some horrible illness that they will have a 3 days time. If you have any injuries indicate what is it and that you are recovering nicely and thank them for any concern they may have.


LADIES & GENTLEMEN
Never ever allow yourself to be late
Factors to budget time for include:
-  Travel time to the location including potential traffic delays
    Drive it the workday before to see what traffic is like and signs of work pending
-  Budget extra time for emergencies or unforseen conjection or delays like rain
-  Getting through Security and into the parking lot
-  Parking in the area designed
-  Knowing and finding which building and door to enter through
-  Inform Reception you are there for an interview but would like to use the
    Restroom first
    -  Insure your clothing is perfect, free of anything that isn't suppose to be there
    -  Insure your hair is perfect
    -  Use the restroom to avoid any problems during the interview itself
    -  Do your Superperson pose for 2 minutes in private to gain strength prior
        to going into the interview to keep your powers strong
-  Tell Reception who you, who you are meeting with and at what time for the
    interview.  If it is more than 5 minutes before you schedule time, hold off
    talking to Reception as they generally make the call immediately by habit.

LADIES & GENTLEMEN
Things to Avoid Talking About:

-  Limit discussion on your personal life: this is about experience and compentence
-  No politics or religion
-  Never engage in any "bad mouthing" or "trash talk" about anything
-  Avoid discussion of any benefits that involve time away from work
-  Do not get involved in compensation; you may kill your golden opportunity
















  MEN'S ATTIRE






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