Even before you say anything, the interview has begun.  Your appearance, actions toward other people, hygiene and body language all make an impression on the interviewer. Think of how you will appear.  The following are hints that can help you make a good impression:

Dress neatly in clean clothes that are appropriate to the job setting.  For an office job, this may mean a suit for men and business outfit for women.  For a construction job, less formal clothing makes sense.

Be aware of your hygiene.  Shower, brush your teeth, clean your nails and comb your hair before you leave for your interview.  Bad hygiene can really turn off an employer.

Start the interview before you walk in the front door.  Don’t be rude to anyone.  If you are, word will get back to the interviewer.

Pay attention to your body language.  You need to smile, offer a firm handshake, stand or sit up straight in your chair.

Don’t smoke or chew gum at anytime during the interviewing process.  If you smoke, be sure to chew a breath mint before you enter the building.

Mind your manners.  Say please and thank you you.  If it’s a mealtime interview, pay attention to your table manners.

Want to learn more about preparing for an interview?  Please visit with our staff at any of the Southeast KANSASWORKS locations.