Interview Tips...
Preparation | What to Wear | What to Bring
What to Expect | Follow-up


An interview is a sales pitch or marketing campaign about you.  To present yourself most effectively, get prepared.  Use the interview time wisely by doing your homework. 

You should know:

  • The type of business, who their customers are, how they sell or design products
  • Who you are interviewing with, what their title is and what they do
  • What they are looking for
  • How your background and skills fit their needs
  • Any recent company announcements

Where to get the information:

  • From your recruiter.  They will assist you with any information they have
  • The company’s web site
  • Trusted colleagues in your industry
  • On-line resources, ex. Hoovers, Electronic News

Before the interview:

  • Know the time, date and location.
  • Assemble what you need to bring
  • Obtain directions
  • Outline questions you need answered to make a career move. This will be determined by what is important to you.                       Ex.  Management structure, technological plans, growth plans
  • Discuss with your recruiter how to handle the issue of compensation.  It is usually recommended that you divulge what you are currently paid and defer discussions of what you will need to accept a position.
  • Arrive 10 minutes early and well prepared.
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 What to wear
It is safer to be overdressed than underdressed!

Obviously in areas like Silicon Valley the rules may vary.  Certain company cultures dictate what is acceptable.  Your recruiter will usually be aware of dress codes and the status of casual Fridays.  If is doubt, call the Human Resources department and tell them who you are interviewing with, and ask for their input.

In any sales position, represent yourself in the manner in which you would represent the company to a prospective client.  Pay attention to the details.  Your future employer will.

Neat, trimmed hair
Facial hair should be trimmed or clean-shaven, not in the growing out stage.

Unless otherwise recommended for a standard business day...

  • The standard is still a dark suit that fits well.
  • A crisp white shirt, spread collar or tab collar, not a button-down.
  • A tie that is stylish, professional, and reflects your personality.
  • Matching belt and polished shoes.
  • Dark socks

Casual day attire...

  • Casual slacks, Dockers or khakis
  • Dress shoes or suede shoes, not athletic shoes
  • Button down oxford shirt, polo shirt 
  • Sport coat if attending a lunch or dinner
  • Belt and socks 

This is where the laws of fashion differ.  There is a great deal of regional preferences for what constitutes appropriate business attire.  Industries also differ, advertising and marketing lean toward the fashionable end of the spectrum.  Tech is often casual.

Silicon Valley...

  • A dark pantsuit is the attire of choice.
  • Jewelry that accessorizes but does not dominate.
  • Polished dress shoes that are of appropriate height, not stilettos.

Conservative areas in the U.S.

  • Same as above, except for a skirted suit.
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 What to bring

Bring copies of your resume, one for each person you will meet, plus an additional one for Human Resources and one for yourself.

Examples of your work
Anything you have published or presented.
Technical papers
Press releases

A leather folder
Include a pad of paper for you to take notes.
Your questions that you would like to discuss about the major aspects of the company or position you will need to consider.

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  What to expect
You may be asked to fill out an application, have all relevant data including personal information with you.

The interviewer is often as nervous as the interviewee.  Make it easier for everyone by being prepared.  Relax and be yourself, in a professional manner.

  • Listen actively.
  • Listen more than you speak.
  • Ask questions where appropriate.
  • Be prepared to give examples of where you have achieved results, solved problems, or overcome obstacles.
  • Take notes with the interviewer’s permission.

Be prepared for the unexpected:

Additional Interviews
Interviewees are often well-liked and are requested to stay a little longer and meet with an important decision maker or future team member.  Be gracious, if you have a time commitment express your interest in meeting that individual and possibly scheduling an additional interview time.

Group/Panel interviews
Often interviewers are grouped together. 

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Thank you notes
A thank you note should be sent to all interviewers.  If you are interested in the position, reiterate your desire to continue in the process or to join the team.

Obtain business cards to address individuals correctly.

An e-mail thank you is instantaneous, tangible and can be delivered professionally.

Contact your recruiter...

  • Call immediately to express you feedback. 
  • If you wish to remove yourself from the process, your recruiter can gracefully take you out of the candidate pool in a professional manner.
  • Outline your interests in the position.
  • Inform your recruiter of concerns or additional questions you have.
  • Communicate how the interviewer indicated to follow-up.
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Copyright © 2005 Saso Staffing Solutions. All Rights Reserved.