“We decide based on how people look; we decide based on how people sound; we decide based on how people are dressed. We decide based on their passion.”
– Frank Luntz
One of my friends was getting ready for an interview this weekend so we went shopping for an interview outfit. (And lets be honest, no matter what type of shopping it is, it’s always fun!)
We started talking about what different pants said about a person and what type of vibe he wanted to give to the interviewers and about himself. Who knew that deciding between black slacks, khakis and deep brown corduroys could be so crucial?
Over the next few weeks I have meetings with potential clients and partners and my discussion this weekend got me thinking about how I wanted to portray myself and my business.
Here are some of the tips on how to make sure that you dress and prepare for success in your next interview/meeting:
- Do Your Homework: The last thing that you want to happen is for your interviewers to ask you a question about their company/products/services and not be able to answer! Take the time to research the ins and outs of the company/job that you’re applying for.
- Understand Their Culture: Culture is a huge deciding factor for both sides. The people, the vibe, the environment, it’s all part of it. Talk to other employees, research online, check out their social media and ask the interviewers directly! Make sure you know who you’re signing on with.
- Dress The Part: Don’t wear a track jacket to a corporate job interview and don’t wear a suit to a gym teacher interview. Research the company’s dress code and find your happy medium in those guidelines.
- Practice, Practice, Practice: Run through some of the questions that you think the interviewers might ask and ask your friends and family members help out too. Here are just some of the potential questions you should be ready to answer.
- Interview the Interviewers: When the interviewers ask, do you have any other questions, the answer should always be “Yes.” You’re interviewing the company as much as they are you. It shows that you’re engaged and being proactive which are both great qualities!
- Be Confident: Body language, tone of voice and eye contact are all huge indicators about someone’s level of confidence. Interviewers want someone who comes across as a leader and a confident individual.
- Be Yourself: It’s not going to do the company or yourself any good to pretend to be someone you’re not in order to get a job. If you do get it, eventually your true self will come out and it won’t be as great a fit as everyone initially hoped.
- Relate: I always try to find common ground when I’m interviewing or meeting with anyone. Finding some way to humanize and have a little fun during an interview can relax the situation and make yourself stand out.
Interviews are always a nerve-racking experience no matter how prepared you might be. Make sure to take deep breaths and have a positive outlook and everything will fall into place. Good luck!
~ Miss Soucie