The following are some interview tips:
Before the interview, get driving directions and parking information.
If possible, go there once. Check the usually traffic condition
to estimate your time on the road. Make sure you have enough
changes for any toll and parking. Arrive a little early so that
you can take a rest before the interview. Don't be late.
||A formal suit, dark blue or gray. Well-pressed white
long-sleeved dress shirt. Tie should has simple and conservative
pattern. Silk is the best fabric. You tie should come
to the middle of your belt buckle. If possible, look at
yourself in the mirror before starting the interview.
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||Skirted suit is preferred, in solid navy,
gray, or black color. Wear a solid or lighter-colored
blouse with the suit. Avoid brown or green suits. If possible,
look at yourself in the mirror before starting the interview.
||Dark color, no patterns.
||Light, natural color, no patterns.
||Clean and neat. Make sure
no nose hair is visible.
||Avoid any heavy scent.
||Polished and professional. Match the color
of your suit.
||Avoid any large item that may distract the
||Do not carry unless absolutely necessary.
You should carry only one thing in your hand, which should
hold your resume and anything you will receive during
the interview (such as company's benefits summary)
||Good quality and full-length; no casual
jackets or furs.
Start the interview by giving a firm handshake to each interviewer
and greeting the person based on how s/he is introduced to you.
E.g. "Hi Mr. Smith," or "Nice to meet you, David."
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and with quite some energy. Also make sure your hand is dry
before shaking hands.
Speak clearly and avoid "uh..." etc.
Establish rapport by relating to each interviewer. Note the
terms used by each interviewer and, when appropriate, use similar
Maintain eye contact. Sit erectly, but comfortably.
Avoid distracting the interviewers. E.g., avoid excessive gestures.
Emphasize your strengths and qualifications that make you a
strong candidate for the job.
Listen carefully and don't interrupt. But don't be totally
reactive. Ask questions or make comments when you feel confident.
Get ready to ask several important questions:
- What is a typical work day like?
- How is performance evaluated?
- What kind of career paths are there for this position?
- Why is this position open?
- What is the work culture here (do people work overtime,
- What are the major initiatives your group has recently completed
or is working on?
Maintain confidence throughout the interview process. But don't
pretend to know things you don't know.
If there is a lunch, don't think you can have a good meal.
You probably can only eat a little, and talk a lot with the
person (actually interviewer) who has lunch with you.
Close the interview with a strong statement of your interest
Ask for a business card from each interviewer, so that later
you can send them "Thank You" notes or ask them questions.
Shake the interviewer' hands individually and thank each interviewer
- After the interview, send a "Thank You" note to each
interviewer, and restate your interest in the position. Interviewers
often want to know if the candidate is still interested in the
job after the interview.