Diva's Career Guide: Do These 10 Things Before, During, and After a Job Interview

Since we're on the topic on job interviews, let's keep the conversation  rolling. The first topic of discussiom was natural interview makeup,  now let's talk about what to do before, during, and after your interview.

1. Natural Hair, To Tame or Not to Tame??

This is a heavy topic. I, being natural, of course don't thing there is anything wrong with kinks.  However, everyone does not agree with me. I would suggest 1. Research company culture to see if there are varying demographics. 2. If you are unsure of the culture wear your hair pulled back or pinned up. There are some exceptions, I have interviewed when I had a TWA and landed the job as well with blonde hair. So I would re-emphasize point 1.

2. Protect Your Collar From Makeup

Obviously this pic is old. Just goes to show how long I've been interviewing.

 I wear light makeup on interviews, but I don't want to walk in the room with makeup on my collar. I put paper towels over them to catch the makeup that otherwise would have been on my button down. Another option is to wear a shell.

3. Invest in At Least Two Suits

 Have a least two good suits you have put in heavy rotation. I say this from experience. I had an interview lined up, but the zipper on my current suit broke. I took it to the cleaners to get repaired, but it wouldn't be completed until after my scheduled interview.  So I had to go out and by a suit. Don't be like me.

4. Arrive On Time

By on time, I mean early. This should go without saying, but it needs to be said. It is better for you to wait on the interviewer than for them to wait on you. They are more than likely screening in the middle of their busy work day, don't make them wait. Account for distance, traffic volume, if you will have to park and walk once you're there, weather, etc. If you're scheduled for a 10 am interview, you should be sitting and waiting to be called back by 9:50 am. If you are running behind, call and alert your point of contact and be prepared to reschedule as a common courtesy.

5.Resume Game On Point

You are often not the only one being scouted for the position, so standing out after you leave is a must. Everyone is in on the secret of using a different color and quality of paper. Get an edge on them by submitting your resume and relating documents in a manilla  folder. Don't just throw them in there. Let the interviewer (s) know you spent some time on these packets. Label them and be sure to inform them of what's inside. If they see it on their desk later, they'll likely think it is work to be completed and won't be so quick to throw it away.

6. Research Interview Styles

Different companies have different interview styles. Some use group interviews as in multiple interviewers or candidates. You may have to do a live performance portion so you can be observed in a real working environment. I have even read where companies even give candidates assignments. You never know, but you do not want to be suprised. Read, with discernment, reviews on sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, Yahoo, and Yelp to get an idea of what to expect. Then show up and show out!

7. Body Language

Be sure to offer firm handshakes to everyone interviewing you. If you have to walk around the room, do so. Use eye contact and speak with a smile in your voice. You want to convince your interviewer (s) you are excited about this opportunity. Refrain from rolling eyes, crossing your arms, slouching, and fidgeting.

8. Thank Notes

Not emails, but physical notes. You can even find unisex thank you cards from the dollar store. Send the note on the day of the interview to ensure they will receive it at least by the next day. Be sure to include certain things you discussed in your interview to job their memory of you and to also show you weren't just blowing hot air.

Note: If your handwriting is not up to par, have a friend or loved one write what you want to say. Cursive is a lost artform, but cursive writing always looks beautiful inside thank you notes.

9. Don't Harrass People for a Follow Up

Usually if you don't hear word within a week, reach out to your point of contact for a follow up. Don't call every other day and send emails in between. If they were on the fence about you, don't make them dislike you with the incessant communication.

10. Save Sick Days

Yes, there will be a time where you are offered an interview and the only available time is during your work hours. Take it, call out, swerve questions about why you were absent when you return. I'm being really real here. It happens all the time, people just don't talk about it. If you have a solid work ethic and have established accountability at your current job, your boss shouldn't hound you too much if at all.

Let me know if you have any additional interview tips!

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