Interview tips that you haven’t heard yet

First off, let me say congratulations to all graduating seniors. That being said, let the job hunting begin! No doubt you’ll receive tons of advice from friends and family (if you haven’t already from your professors) about what to do and not to do at job interviews, most of which are probably common sense. Here are my personal interview tips that may not be so obvious:

1. Spit out your gum– I, honest to God, went to my first job interview out of college with gum in my mouth because I forgot to spit it out when I pulled into the parking lot. I overheard myself referred to as “the gum chewer” as I walked out of the interview. Lesson learned.

2. Dress according to your industry– if you’re interviewing for a job in a creative industry, why would you dress in a black suit with a white shirt? Add some color! Even if it’s with accessories,  a little color can go a long way to express your creativity and make you a memorable candidate, which is the whole point, right? Just don’t go overboard.

3. Ladies, wear closed-toes shoes– …and don’t think peep-toes count. Nobody wants to see your toenails when you cross your legs. Just because your flip-flops have heels does not make them appropriate for an interview.

4. Are you sure there’s nothing in your teeth? Did you miss a button when running out so quickly this morning? When asked if you need to use the restroom before the interview, take that opportunity to do a double check… just in case.

5. Send thank you notes… to everyone– Only a third of interviewers say they receive thank-you notes from candidates, so you’re already ahead of the pack if you send any, but some interviews can be held with several different interviewers. Get everyone’s card and send them all thank-you’s, extra points if you send one to the lady at the front desk, she may be having lunch with your interviewer very soon.

Have confidence, be prepared and good luck!

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