So you are about to go into an interview, here are a few things to check before you walk in the door. Be certain to arrive 15 minutes early so you can cover these basics.
Visit the Restroom
First of all, step into a restroom either in the building or at a restaurant before going into the interview. Visit the facilities so you don’t have the urge to go during the interview conversations.
Check Yourself Out in the Mirror
Do a quick check on your hair and your clothing. Make certain your hair is in place and pick any visible lint or hair from your outfit. If wearing a tie, be sure to straighten it and tighten the knot so it looks sharp. If wearing a coat, look at the lapels and collar so it isn’t flipped up by accident. Evaluate the coat pockets because sometimes the flaps may be tucked in, be certain to have the pocket flaps out.
Wash Your Hands & Check Your Breath
Everyone should wash their hands leaving the restroom but having clean hands when walking into an interview is important, especially if you are a smoker. Also chew a piece of gum or eat a few breath mints to avoid any bad breath issues during your conversation. Be sure to spit out the gum before walking into the interview though, just chew it for a few minutes.
Look at Your Shoes
Many times we can have water spots or a bit of dirt on our shoes that can be noticed. Look at your shoes and wipe any spots or dirt off.
Have Your Resume & Company Research With You
Bring a brief that contains a few copies of your resume (at least 3) as well as any research you did on the company and people who are interviewing you. This will ensure that you project the image you are professional and prepared to your potential employer.
Silence Your Phone
Nothing more unprofessional than a phone that goes off during an interview. Take a conscious moment and put it on vibrate or turn it off all together.