Got An Interview! Need Help!

June 13, 2009 5:42am CST
Hi, I got an interview with a big organisation, I just wanted some tips on what cloths should I were and the do's and don'ts in a interview. This is one of my first interviews with a big organisation and need some help on everything and anything that is to do with an interview.
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• Philippines
13 Jun 09
Just try to be presentable. Pull back your hair, put on a little powder. Try a monochromatic look, stick to one color. Don't, DON'T wear rubber shoes. Ready your pen and paper, and don't bring your phone out when you're in the interview. Be polite, but frank with what you think. Make them see you're an indispensable and reliable person. Good luck. :D
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13 Jun 09
I have short hair, put a little powder on? I'm a guy by the way LOL. I am sticking to one colour black and am wearing my black shoes. I am going to keep my phone on vibrate or I might just turn it off while am at the interview. Thanks for the advice
@3account (317)
• United States
13 Jun 09
wear formal,a light coloured shirt,matching though nothing fancy and dark pants.take your resume or cv along neatly stacked in a file.wish the interviewie.if there is a board of people interviewing you,look into the eyes of the one who has asked you the question..dont bluff (they will come to know) be confident and calm (they wont eat you). give them a reason why they should select you,your positives should be highlighted and they should know about it.if you can keep it a little humourous,nothing like it.all the best
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13 Jun 09
This is what I was thinking I should wear a black suit (Black jacket and trousers) and a black shirt with black tie, is it too black? should I wear a white shirt instead? This is a one to one interview with a lady, should I give her a firm handshake? what if I crush her hands accidently? Thank you for your advice
@3account (317)
• United States
13 Jun 09
suit is a no no..yes its getting too black,i know you might me loving the colour,but you dont have to over expose it.. try a light shirt as i said,black tie and black pants will do fine..be firm but not hard with the handshake,and wait for her to bring her hand forward to shake.dont pull out your hand in front of a senior ever!!
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13 Jun 09
I don't agree with the comment about not pulling your hand out on a senior, ever. If you initiate the hand-shake it's a sign of confidence. Some employers really don't like employees who are 'scared' of management figures. Usually, the hand shake will just happen, as it's a normal procedure for two people meeting in a professional manner, so just be ready for it and shake firmly. Not too hard, just grip like you'd hold a child's hand when crossing a busy road.
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@rberon1985 (5394)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
First of all I wish you luck oon your first interview. Let me share you some tips for you to pass the said interview. First, be early on the call time that the company has provided you. Second, wear the attire what is ask for yopu to wear. Third, think first before you answer the question. This ar some of the basic tips that you can do. goodluck. hope you pass the interview. have a great day.
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13 Jun 09
Thanks you for the advice! I'm a person that comes to places 15-10 minutes early, when do you think I should go in? about 5 minutes early? The organisation hasn't asked me to wear any certain type of clothing, but it must be smart so I am wearing a suit.
13 Jun 09
Fifteen minites early is good. Five minutes is technically just on time, and ten minutes is a 'little early'. Fifteen minutes is about right to show you're a person who's prepared and eager.
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• Philippines
13 Jun 09
batchelor is correct. 15 minutes before the call time. just wear a formal attire.
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
13 Jun 09
Looks like everyone has already told you what to wear so I'll give you some different advice. First turn OFF your cell phone-they can hear it vibrate and that indicates that even though you have no intention of answering it, you're not totally committed to the interview process. Offering your hand is a toss-up--people are so paranoid about germs these days that many don't want to touch other people. If they offer their hand don't hesitate to take it but if not, just say you're very glad to meet them. People look at your hands after they look at your face. Be sure your fingernails are immaculately clean and trimmed. If you have dry skin that shows, use some hand lotion (unscented) before you enter the building. Take the attitude before you even see them that you are a team player, that you love to work with other people. That's what big companies want. Learn all you can about the company before the interview--it's purpose, vision, history, recent accomplishments, etc. Be ready to tell them why you want to work for them. I have no idea why they ask this because the honest answer is "I need a job!". But they want to hear what you think of their company and how much you know, how they can fit into your life in a way that you're not going to work there a couple months then go somewhere else. If it's an insurance company, for instance, you can say that you look forward to learning the business while being a real help to people. That's about all I can suggest. Good luck.
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13 Jun 09
Thanks for all the advice, I will take in all your advice and I hope I get the job!
@JamieRose (168)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
Clothes to wear: Any of the following colors: red, blue, black, white, grey. Anything not too formal. Business attire. Please don't wear clothes as if you are going to a party. Minimal make-up. Watch and a pair of earrings is fine. Avoid sleeveless tops. During the interview, make the interviewer feel that you like and want the job badly. Be confident. Believe in what you say. Look at the interviewer in the eye at all times. Good luck! :)