Schedule an appointment for a mock interview, to practice answering interview questions and to help prepare your 1- Minute elevator pitch.
Dress to Impress
When it comes to dress and attire for interviewing, making the best possible impression is vital. Your personal appearance is critical for success when seeking employment. A smart business suit has elegance, style, and suggests a serious attitude. It is important to remember that the first judgement an interviewer makes when meeting you is based on how you look and what you are wearing. The following are recommendations for how to compose a clean and professional appearance.
Wear a full suit (matching pants and jacket) or shirt, tie and dress pants.
Choose suits neutral in color- charcoal, navy, or gray.
The suit jacket should be buttoned while standing and unbuttoned to sit. Do not button the bottom button of a three or two-piece suit.
Try to avoid suits with double-breasted jackets.
The Dress Shirt:
Choose plain long sleeve shirts in white tones, or light blues.
The shirt's sleeve should extend beyond the suit jacket sleeves by 1/2 inch.
Always wear an undershirt (avoid v necks) as they give the appearance of a finished look.
Wear a conservative tie with subtle patterns or solid colors.
Ties should be of good quality and made of 100% silk.
Always wear a tie that is darker than your shirt.
Tie your tie to fall in the middle of your belt.
Choose a classic suit avoiding trendy suit styles.
For a conservative organization, a skirt suit is still considered the appropriate interview attire. A pantsuit while acceptable for some organizations is still considered less formal but acceptable for Career Day.
Jacket sleeves should fall 1/2 inch below your wrist.
Skirt length should be to the knee (no miniskirts).
Blouses should be updated, but neither low cut nor revealing.
Do not wear a camisole or see through blouse.
Shoes and Hose:
Shoes should be pumps or sling backs, do not wear shoes with open toes, open heel, or ankle straps.
Shoe color should be darker than your suit.
Heels should be 1-2 inches; higher heels should be saved for after hours.
Hosiery should be worn with a skirt to match your skin tone or suit.
Skin colored hose should always be worn with short sleeve suits to create a balanced look.
DURING THE FAIR
Arrive early, bring multiple copies of your résumé and check in at the Career Center table for any questions while you are there.
Establish eye contact, smile and present a firm handshake while introducing yourself and conduct yourself professionally the entire time, even when you are in line to speak to a recruiter
Display confidence, enthusiasm, and highlight 2- 3 selling points that make you qualified, such as, your major and experience.
Thank the employers for their time and ask for a business card for future contact.
Visit multiple tables and walk the entire event before deciding to leave, you may be surprised and meet with a company you are unfamiliar with and learn about unique opportunities.
Make notes on business cards collected during fair.
Follow-up with a call, thank you e-mail or add the person you met on LinkedIn.
Apply for on-campus interview or positions through OWL CareerLink (if required).
Schedule an appointment for a mock interview, or attend an interviewing workshop to start preparing for the next step.
Professional Dress is required for entry. Bring multiple copies of your résumé.