20-40-60 Etiquette: Are there job interview rules?

20-40-60 Etiquette offers answers to a reader wanting to know about what to wear to a job interview and how to prepare for it, with Joe Hight as guest.
BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE Published: November 18, 2012
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QUESTION: I have a job interview coming up.

Are there rules that I should know besides bringing an up-to-date resume and knowing something about the company where I am applying?

What should I wear?

CALLIE'S ANSWER: Yes. Dress for the job that you are applying for.

A business suit should be your go-to if you don't know what else to wear.

Inform yourself not only about the company but the job that you are applying for.

Be engaging during the interview and ask questions about the position.

An interview is built for you to sell yourself.

Tell them how beneficial YOU would be to their team.

Be confident in your abilities. Good luck!

LILLIE-BETH'S ANSWER: You want to make a good first impression, which includes what you wear and how engaged you are with your interviewer and about the job.

Know about the company and be ready to detail how your particular skills can be an asset for the position for which you are interviewing.

Bring your enthusiasm for the position and confidence in your abilities, too.

As for what to wear, find out what the general attire of the workplace is and dress accordingly.

However, if the everyday dress code there is casual, I would still probably come to a job interview dressed a little nicer, wearing something such as a business suit.

HELEN'S ANSWER: First impressions are very important and if you are meeting the person who is interviewing you for the first time, you need to be dressed appropriately.

You can't go wrong with a business suit.

It makes you look professional and well organized.

Take your resume and if you have added anything to it, give it to the interviewer.

If you know about the company and/or people who work there, it might help to bring that up in the conversation.



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