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industry. Then, work your network. Speak with faculty members. Ask a friend who works there about the interview process, the qualities and skills the employer values, and the organization’s culture. If the employer offers an information session before on-campus interviews, make sure to attend to ﬁnd out about the organization and the interview process so there are no surprises. As best you can, use your research to tailor your answers to the company’s preferences.
Finally, ﬁnd out from others who are interviewing what types of questions they were asked. Prepare to provide at least one good example to illustrate each of your skills, including “soft skills,” such as your work ethic, problem-solving abilities, and leadership skills.
THE BIG DAY
A potential employer’s assessment of you begins at ﬁrst sight. Your appearance says a lot about your personality.
QUICK TIPS: DRESSING FOR THE INTERVIEW
• Dress in professional attire
You will never go wrong by erring on the side of conservative dress. Men should choose a business suit in a dark color, paired with a white shirt and a muted tie. Women should choose a suit—a matching skirt and jacket or matching pants and jacket— and a light or pastel colored blouse. For men, shoes should be leather business shoes that are polished and in good shape; socks should be dark and mid-calf in height. Women’s shoes should be closed-toe leather pumps with medium or low heels; they should be polished and in good shape. Hosiery should be sheer.
• Practice good grooming
You want to be clean, neat, and pressed. Hair, teeth, and nails should be groomed appropriately.
• Avoid cologne/perfume
Use scent sparingly or not at all. Too much can be annoying, and some people are allergic.
• Be conservative in your choice of jewelry
For men, a watch and a wedding or school ring are considered appropriate. For women, a watch, a single ring, and small earrings are ﬁne. Be careful about body piercings as these may be viewed negatively by some.
• Forget your backpack
Carry your resume, pen, and note pad in a portfolio. Women may also carry a small purse.
Traditional attire for women includes a conservative suit or dress. Make sure clothing items are pressed and wrinkle-free. Some wardrobe or personal attire, such as thigh-high skirts, gaudy jewelry, and excessively long ﬁngernails, are distracting and could negatively affect the interviewer’s perception of you. Always opt for conservative dress over taking an “appearance risk.” Men should wear traditional business attire—a dark, conservative suit and a white, long-sleeved dress shirt. A conservative tie that matches the suit is best. Make sure these items are pressed and don’t look like you picked them off a pile of seldom-worn clothes. Both women and men should be clean and well-groomed. Shoes should coordinate with the dress or suit, and interviewees should avoid wearing too much perfume or cologne. And make sure to remove nontraditional piercings and cover tattoos; they won’t matter to some employers, but why take a chance? When meeting your interviewer for the ﬁrst time, look her or him in the eye, offer a ﬁrm handshake, and offer a conﬁdent introduction. Be energetic and enthusiastic in all areas. Make sure that you demonstrate how your experience and abilities match those the employer is seeking for the job opening. Help the interviewer understand how you ﬁt the position and can help the organization. Many of the other characteristics employers seek—such as communication skills, passion, and integrity—are tough to show on a resume but can come out during an interview. Passion might come through when you’re talking about the things you have accomplished. While harder to convey, integrity might come across in how you treat people on site. For instance, if you are waiting for an interview to start and you treat the ofﬁce’s administrative assistant rudely, that shows poor integrity. Conﬁdence is an asset; arrogance is not. In addition to answering questions asked of you, undoubtedly you will have an opportunity to ask questions of the interviewer. Don’t waste this key chance by saying you don’t have any! Recruiters put a great deal of importance on the questions you ask during your interview because the questions you ask demonstrate the research you have done. Ask intelligent questions speciﬁcally about the job, organization, and industry. If the company is launching a new product, ask about the company’s ﬁrst-year expectations for it. In addition, general questions—such as
Job Choices: Diversity Edition 2012
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices 2012 - Diversity Edition
Job Choices 2012
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities As a Job Seeker
Getting the Most Out of Your Job Search
From classroom to question mark
Reality check: Salaries for new graduates
4 Steps to Career Fair Success
Network for Your Job Search
10 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search
From Student to Professional
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Leader of the Pack
The Interview: Connecting Your Qualifi cations To the Employer’s Needs
Dressing for the interview
The behavior-based interview
Questions to ask in the interview
Tips for becoming a video interview star
USAJOBS: Work for America
The Critical First Year on the Job
Adapting to Corporate Culture
Selecting and Cultivating a Mentor
Applying Your Two-Year Degree to a Four-Year Program
Going on to Grad School
Job Choices 2012 - Diversity Edition