An in-person interview is your best chance to make a great impression and build personal rapport with a potential new employer. If the in-person interview is a follow-up to a phone or video interview, this is your chance to “close the deal,” so don’t underestimate the importance of this occasion. Here are a few tips to make sure your in-person interview goes smoothly and you get the offer.
- Map your drive. Map out your drive the day before so you will know exactly when you need to leave. Double the travel time to factor in unexpected traffic. Add 20 minutes just for parking and going through security – because this can take time at some locations.
- Set an alarm. Punctuality is very important, so set an alarm on your phone for 20 minutes before you need to leave, and another alarm at the time you need to leave.
- Dress for success. A professional appearance will help you make a great first impression. Your recruiter can give you an idea about what to wear to the interview. See general guidelines below.
- Put on your game face. Be friendly and professional to everyone you meet in the parking lot, elevator and building. You never know who might give your interviewer feedback about you!
- Put your phone down. Set your cellphone on silent and don’t use it in the reception area. This will ensure that you are alert and ready to respond when someone speaks to you.
- Greet the people who you meet with a smile and a firm handshake. Your goal is to be recognized as someone who is friendly, competent and confident.
- Take notes. Without getting too distracted, take notes about anything that seems important to the interviewer, any follow-up items you need to remember, and any commitments you make such as sending additional information or filling out an online application.
- Ask about next steps. Don’t be afraid to ask about next steps as the interview comes to a close. When will a decision be made? When can you expect to hear back? Is there any information they need from you to make their final decision?
- Send a thank you note. Send a note to your interviewer immediately – an email is sufficient. Ask your BravoTECH recruiter for tips on composing a winning thank you note.
- Call your recruiter. Let them know how the interview went and what next steps were discussed.
Tips On What to Wear
Solid color, conservative suit (pants or skirt)
- Coordinated, modest blouse
- Limited jewelry
- Tan or light hosiery
- Moderate shoes
- No/light perfume
- Manicured nails
- Cover tattoos
- Conservative/light makeup
- Carry a folio pad or briefcase to hold your resume and notes
- Solid color, conservative suit
- White or light-colored long-sleeved shirt
- Limited jewelry
- Dark socks and freshly-shined shoes
- Tie (if not necessary, your recruiter will tell you)
- Neat, professional hairstyle
- No/light aftershave or cologne
- Neatly trimmed nails
- Carry a folio pad or briefcase for your resume and notes
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