#TipTuesday : Interview Essentials Pt.1

August 11, 2015

Once you get the call for an in-person interview, it’s time to make some preparations!

There are several things that you can do to make sure you’ll pass the interview with flying colors.  Not only is it important to sale your skills and abilities, but it is also important that you look the part as well.  Check below to see what I’m talking about:

  • Hair & Makeup.  Keep it simple!  The most valuable lesson I’ve learned over the years is to keep your hair away from your face.  That means, you should have your hair tucked behind your ears, tie it up in a ponytail, half it up and down, or make a bun.  With makeup, stick to all things neutral. I recommend Urban Decay’s Naked2 Basics just because it’s easy to use. Coming in with metallic eyeshadow and hot pink lipstick will send out the wrong message…And most importantly bring on that smile!

  • Outfit.  It all depends on the company or organization that you’re interviewing for.  The most common color scheme for any interviewee is black and white.  However, if you’re interviewing for a creative company, you can always mix things up a bit by adding a little color!  My favorite store of all time, specifically for any classy and professional look is Zara — they’ve got the blazers, button-ups, trousers, pencil skirts, and more!  Less is more so there’s really no need to accessorize yourself from head to toe.  However, it doesn’t hurt to invest in a leather-band watch and a handbag without any of the fancy frills. An appropriate watch would be the Daniel Wellington’s Classic Sheffield 36mm. By choosing the right outfit it can help you feel cool, calm, and collected!

  • Portfolio.  Employers will definitely ask for a copy of your resume, but where on earth would you put them in?  Bring a portfolio/padfolio.  It will hold your resumes, personal business cards, and a notepad just in case you need to joint down notes.  You can easily find these in your local Wal-Mart and Target locations.  If you’re looking to find a spot for business cards, check out MOO Business Cards — it’s easy to use and fast with deliveries!

As you can see, preparing for an interview is not just about knowing what to say, but also looking presentable as well. What you choose to wear says a lot about you so choose wisely!

Tune in next week for a post about the possible questions asked in an interview!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I will answer it as soon as I can!


Good Luck!

– Lori


P.S. Don’t get too excited. I’m wearing a tube top in the image above.


Image Source: Polyvore