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part, and a lack of initiative. No matter how good your answers are, you may blow it by failing to return thoughtful questions. Second, you are not the only one being interviewed and assessed. You, too, are assessing the opportunity and the organization. You want to ask questions that will help you decide if this is a good fit for you. The questions you pose should show that you have done your research, demonstrate your interest in the organization, and provide you with information you can use to decide if this is the right job for you. Don’t ask questions that show you haven’t bothered to research the organization (What does your company do?). For some suggestions, see “Questions to Ask Your Interviewer.” If the interviewer doesn’t cover it, ask about the next steps in the hiring process. In addition, as your interview closes, be sure to restate your interest and ask for the job. Employers are looking for competent, able employees, but they want enthusiasm for the job, too!
In evaluating the interview, consider your performance: How would you rate it? What could you have done differently? What worked? Use this insight to help you in future interviews. Next, consider what you learned about the organization and the job. Is this the right opportunity for you? Did the job description match what you learned in the interview? Did the employees seem enthusiastic? Did it seem like a good place to work?
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Dress for Interview Success
Dress in professional attire.
Dress on the conservative side. That means a business suit, in a dark color. Men should pair their suit with a white shirt and muted tie. Women should wear a light or pastel-colored blouse. Shoes should be clean, polished, and in good condition. Women should choose a conservative, closed-toe pump with medium to low heels; men should pick “dress” shoes. No sneakers, sandals, or six-inch heels. Women should wear sheer hosiery; men should wear dark socks that cover their calves when they sit.
Seal the Deal
After the interview, send thank-you notes (e-mail is generally fine) to everyone who took part. This is essential to making a good impression and demonstrating (once again) that you want the job. Send your thank-you notes promptly—within 24 hours if possible but certainly within 48 hours—as some organizations make their decision quickly.
Practice good grooming.
Be clean, neat, pressed. Your hair, teeth, and nails need by groomed appropriately. No neon nail polish. No wacky hairstyles.
Use scent sparingly or not at all.
Be conservative in your choice of jewelry and accessories.
A watch, school ring, and/or wedding band works for men. For women, a watch, single ring (or engagement ring/wedding ring combination), and small earrings are good choices. Be careful about body piercings and tattoos; they may be viewed negatively by some.
Take the Time to Succeed
There is no magic bullet that will help you succeed in your interviews. There are no short cuts, no five-step plans, no quick fixes that will get you over this hurdle. It takes careful preparation, plenty of practice, and a lot of attention to the details. Make the effort and take the time you need to succeed.
Evaluate the Interview
Right after the interview, jot down notes and impressions about the interview and organization.
Carry a portfolio, not a backpack.
Women may also carry a small purse.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices - February 2013
Job Choices - February 2013
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
Starting Your Job Search
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker
8 Steps to Job-Search Success
What Employers Want
Social Media in Your Job Search
Stoke Interest With Pinterest
Building Relevant Work Experience
Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Principles for Letter Writing
Build the Resume Employers Want
The Veteran’s Guide to Developing a Resume
Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Dress for Interview Success
Interview Types and Tips
Tips for Becoming a Video Interview Star
Uncle Sam Wants You: Federal Jobs and Internships For Students and Recent Graduates
Your First Year on the Job
Grad School: To Go or Not to Go?
Grad School: Application Timeline
Grad School: Getting In
Opportunities by Occupation
Job Choices - February 2013