After you’ve hooked the company with your resume, now it’s time to meet them in person to see if you’re a good match for the company.
When my now-husband first asked me on a date, I was so excited, but also very nervous. I arrived at our date destination about half an hour early, sat in my car and made sure every hair was in place—while looking effortless of course. I even practiced my expressions in the rearview mirror to see what I would look like when I reacted in conversation. Any passerby must have gotten quite a kick out of what they saw.
I did a bit of research before our date. I knew he was into motocross so I did my homework and could tell him all the different motocross bikes, the sizes of the motors and even the biggest names in the industry.
The Interview: Dating the Company
Just like a first date, the first interview is a chance to sit down, spend time together and find out more about each other. It is a chance to find common interests, ask questions and impress the company with your charm, knowledge and wit.
A Full Closet and Nothing to Wear!
I must have changed my outfit 10 times before picking one for our first date. In the same way, pick out an appropriate outfit for your interview. One way to determine the appropriate attire is to go to the company’s website to see what they are wearing in their pictures. If the website shows people in full suits, assume that you should dress extremely business conservative. If the website shows a group of more relaxed attire, then start with a pair of slacks and collared shirt.
Remember—you don’t have to spend a lot of money on nicer attire for the interview. Use what you have in your closet. Start with black and white for the most conservative selections and then add a bit of color if you feel it necessary.
What Not to Wear
Stay away from anything that reveals too much skin – no plunging necklines, nothing above the knees, and even when it’s hot outside, try to keep the shoulders covered. The more conservatively dressed you are, the less distraction in your interview.
Speaking of distraction…don’t wear too much jewelry. A couple accentuating pieces can be nice, but you don’t want your interviewer to be missing out on your excellent answers because they are staring at all your decoration.
Just like I did my homework before my first date, research the company and be knowledgeable about the industry. If you’re comfortable, you can even use some of the verbiage in conversation.
Know about their recent accomplishments and/or downfalls. Ask about how they plan to keep that top position within the industry, or how they plan to bounce back from their setback.
Know their mission statement and what’s important to them as an organization. Ask about their plans for future growth and expansion.
Make this company fall in love with you!