Research the Organization!
The Inside View
Check to see if any friends, family, classmates, professors, or NYU alumni have inside knowledge of the organization, and evaluate all of the information carefully.
Practice, Practice, Practice
It is imperative that you think about what you want to say before meeting face to face with an interviewer. The more you rehearse and plan your strategy, the better chance you have of selling your skills and qualifications to the employer.
Make sure you know the exact location of the interview and the correct pronunciation of the interviewer’s name.
Plan on arriving about 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
At the Interview
RELAX and BE CONFIDENT
- Have a firm handshake and make eye contact.
- Dress appropriately, considering the industry:
Women – this can include a traditional suit (skirt and jacket), pantsuit, or dress and stockings. Wear neutral colors and avoid busy prints. Choose shoes with a moderate heel.
Men – this can include a neutral color business suit with a tie (both should be conservative).
- Keep jewelry to a minimum (avoid large jewelry that might distract from what you are saying).
- Make sure your hair is not in your face and does not hide your eyes.
- Arrive neatly dressed and clean.
- Use make-up in moderation.
- Smoke, chew gum, or drink.
- Use profanity.
- Be overly casual in dress or manner.
- Discuss details of your personal life.
- Ever bad mouth a former employer.
- Have your cell phone/beeper on.
- Wear perfume or cologne.
- Address interviewers by their first name unless you are invited to do so.
- Sit down unless you are invited to do so, or until the employer/interviewer has done so first.