Researching employers is important for career exploration, and crucial in preparation for a job interview. Look at the company website, find online reviews, and see if the company has been in the news. Find out about the organization’s values, mission, current issues, history, and leadership team. Doing your research shows interest and seriousness about the company, and allows you to be better prepared for the interview: you have to know about the company in order to know why you want to work for them.
After you find out information about the company, think about what questions will have for the employer? Based on what you about the company and what is listed in the job posting, what would you still like to know? Preparing questions for the interview is to be expected. Some questions to consider are:
- What does a typical day look like?
- What are your goals for this position? In one month? One year?
- What do you look for in a candidate?
- What do you enjoy most about working for this company?
- What other offices would I work with?
For an interview, it is typical to assume business wear is appropriate; however, if the corporate culture is more casual, for example at a gym or non-profit organization focused on field work, showing up in a suit may make you appear as a bad fit. Part of your employer research will include gathering a sense of the corporate culture, and then dressing the part. When in doubt, it is best to be the most formally dressed person in the interview, so plan to suit up!
- Dark plain suit in black, grey or navy (save the pinstripes) that is not too tight or baggy
- White or light-colored shirt tucked-in
- Plan to wear a watch
- Hide or cover body piercings or tattoos
- Most importantly, an overall sense of professional appearance with well-grooming and good hygiene has a strong influence on employers.
- Punctuality: for an in-person interview, arrive approximately 10-15 min early (no earlier, no later) with extra copies of your resume and a portfolio, if applicable
- Dark plain suit in black, grey or navy (save the pinstripes)
- Professional tie without distracting patterns or print
- Shaven facial hair and short haircut
- Wear minimal jewelry, such as a ring, watch, and small earrings
- Suit jacket can be with pants or skirt, but skirts should be knee-length
- No cleavage and clothes should not be too form-fitting
- Heels no higher than 1 inch
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