Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Tips Offered on Interview Preparation, Behavior

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Tips Offered on Interview Preparation, Behavior

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Over the years at the Better Business Bureau, I've had the opportunity to interview candidates for positions, and it never fails to surprise me how unprepared some are in both their appearance and their knowledge of the organization. I suspect that I am not alone in this area. Often we talk to businesses that are having difficulty finding people to hire, despite the fact that unemployment is still high.

So how can you improve your chances of being hired? Here are a few suggestions that may assist you in your future interviews.

First, appearances mean everything. The workplace has indeed loosened its dress code, but that does not mean you should assume anything goes in an interview. This is where research helps. Find out in advance what the company expects in terms of personal appearance.

We have posted job listings that stated up front, "professional business dress required," only to have people show up in midriff exposing halter tops and cut-off jean shorts.

Unless you know that is what the company expects you to wear, it's better to err on the side of being conservative. Suits for men or women are still fine for office interviews. Or you may wear a nice pair of slacks with a blouse or sweater or shirt and tie. At the least, a pair of khakis with a polo style shirt for men (and in some offices that would be considered too casual).

Clothes should be neat, clean and wrinkle-free.

Shoes should be that, no beach or "thong" sandals for men or women; tennis shoes and work boot styles also should be avoided. Shoes should be polished and free from disrepair.

Heavy, theatrical makeup usually is not acceptable. Also, heavy fragrances should be avoided. On the initial interview, multiple piercings (outside of earlobes) should be concealed as well as tattoos until you are aware of the company's policy regarding such. …

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