Interview Prep 101: Making a Great First Impression

Consider your interview handled.

Consider your interview handled.

When it comes to job interviews, there is a lot to manage. Skillist has your back. We're putting together a few checklists to help you feel confident and prepared at your interview from beginning to end. First, we’ll focus on the basics.

  • Map out your travel plans at least one day before the interview. Plan for traffic or other roadblocks so that, no matter what, you arrive ten minutes early.

  • Bring at least three copies of your resume and cover letter, and keep them in a padfolio or a simple folder. Don’t forget a notepad and pen as well!

  • Keep your belongings organized. Invest in a purse or briefcase that fits your papers, a bottle of water, an umbrella and any other belongings you’ll have with you.

  • Dress appropriately. Looking great shows that you are taking this opportunity seriously, but it also makes you feel great too.  Unless you’re interviewing in the creative field, a suit will work best. For women, a pantsuit, suiting dress, or a blouse with pants or a skirt will fit the bill. When you’re setting up the interview, don’t be shy to ask what the company dress code is - they’ll be happy to help you feel your best.
  • Make sure your outfit is clean and pressed. Before you leave, do a scan for wrinkles, loose hems, scuffs on your shoes, etc. Acing all those little details will make you feel and look like a million bucks.

  • A little pampering will go a long way. There’s no need to drop your hard-earned cash on a blowout or a fancy manicure, though - just assure that you’re looking fresh, clean, and professional. 

  • Bringing friends or family along is always a no-go - make sure to leave them at home or arrange for childcare! 

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