After attending a couple of interviews this month, I am now prepared to share with you more tips for the interview trail!
- Try wearing a suit that is not black.
Most people seem to wear black suits, which are pretty dreary, especially when you’re one of a herd of students wearing them. Gray is an excellent choice, as is navy blue. Branch out it you can, but don’t worry too much if you can’t, you’ll have good company in your black suit. But whatever suit you decide to wear, make sure it fits well!
- Pack snacks and breakfast food.
If you are staying in a hotel the night before your interview, you may not have much time before your interview to eat a good breakfast. Sometimes I buy breakfast at the hotel but it’s expensive and tends to be greasy. For me, a lighter breakfast that I pack from home sets me up for more success. If nothing else, pack some granola bars and water or juice to get you going in the morning.
- Brush your teeth before putting on your suit.
Never risk the safety of your suit by brushing your teeth after you’ve put it on! Maybe it’s just me, but toothpaste accidents happen frequently and when you most want to avoid them. Your hair and makeup should happen after your shirt is on, but before your jacket is on. You don’t want to shed on your jacket!
- Try to go to bed early the night before.
I know in my last set of interview tips I said to research the program the night before. After you finish your research, try to hit the hay early so that you are fresh for the interview. You don’t want to be dragging by mid-afternoon!
- Buy thank you notes in bulk.
You’ll need them to thank your interviewers after your interview day is done. Make them simple and professional. If your school logo is on them, that’s a nice touch!