First! Put on your confidence. This is the part I struggle. To compensate for my nervousness and shyness I read all I can about my interviewer and about the company or position I have applied for. Often times there's not much. It doesn't seem like anyone over 30 here uses LinkedIn. I also think about what questions I might be asked and prepare responses and practice them. Since I'm the kind of person who never has questions, I think of some ahead of time. Google your name and try to clean up you online presence.
If possible, leading up to the interview I am more rigorous with my beauty routine so that I don't have a bad skin day the day of my interview. (I feel as though I am plauged by acne even though I'm 27 and 1/3 years old.) For the interview I wear make up but not too much, just enough to cover up any acne and minimize the dark circles under my eyes. I think wearing too much make up makes me look younger and more immature so I don't do it.
|My Interview Suit|
|While I love my green suit, I would not wear it to an interview.|
|A Button Front that WILL NOT|
Behave Before a Big Interview!
So Wrinkly and Rumpled
|This Blouse is a Perfect Pairing for Suits|
I wore my interview suit and a pretty floral
blouse to my swearing in ceremony in Maine.
However, I probably would not wear this
to an interview because it is a print.
|Do I look smarter with glasses? Do I look smarter when my|
glasses are all smudged up and dirty? As they always are.
I think all that matters is that I think I look smarter.
|My Interview Shoes. I only wear them for Interviews.|
|I love this Purse! You can only get them at the kate spade outlets now.|
I love my kate spade quinn bag for interviews because it's very nice but very simple. It is just big enough to hold my essentials and a pad folio for holding my notes for myself. I would try to find a nice simple purse/mini-briefcase to carry. (I like this one from Target.) I try to accessorize appropriately for the weather. If it's cold I wear a coat and gloves. If it's raining I bring an umbrella.
|I got this London Fog Trench Coat before my Freshman Year of College!|
It still fits! I love it and I'm wearing it more now that my wool coat is broken.
This coat is rated to -50º. I wear it when
the high for the day is below freezing.
I love my coat. Thank you L.L. Bean.
Fortunately it wasn't snowing on Thursday and the pavement was dry (probably because it was too cold for liquid anything). I wore a cream sweater and silk long underwear. I ended up wearing leggings and boots over my pantyhose on the way up. I stopped by my old office for a chat and took off my leggings there. Then, I parked right outside the office where I had the interview and switched shoes. I walked in. I thought I looked kind of silly with my almost bare legs and pumps sticking out from underneath my warmest coat but I didn't look as silly as someone with vanity induced hypothermia.
The interview went better than usual (which isn't saying much since after my interview last interview for permanent position where I temped one of my interviewers suggested that I consult with my doctor regarding a prescription for an anxiety medication but I had a horrible eczema rash that day that made me feel so uncomfortable) and they hope to select a candidate by Christmas.
I probably think about what I wear to interviews way more than is necessary. But, its one part of the process that I have near complete and total control over. So knowing I have my outfit locked down helps keep me calmer than I would be otherwise. Do you think about what to wear during interviews obsessively like I do? Do you have any preinterview rituals to help you stay calm?
UPDATE: Classy (@classylady27 on Twitter) tweeted at me and let me know that men think that pants suits aren't as formal as skirt suits. I guess men feel that if they have to wear an uncomfortable tie women should have to wear uncomfortable pantyhose but what they don't know is that our shoes likely hurt our feet more than enough to compensate for the discomfort of wearing a tie.
Thought the interview went well, I was not called back for a second interview and was not offered the position.