Tips and Tricks for your Senior Interview
March 16, 2017
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Senior interviews will take place on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017. Your interview will probably take place during your English class. Interviews typically last 10 minutes. Arrive at least 15 minutes before your interview; you don’t want to be late!
What to wear?
Business attire! You want to feel comfortable but look professional. (And although this has nothing to do with wardrobe choices, never chew gum during an interview!)
Guys: Khakis or dress pants, A button down shirt, a suit jacket, a tie.
What to avoid: shorts, tennis-shoes, tee-shirts, hats
Girls: Dresses, Skirts, dress pants, blouses,
What to avoid: Skirts or dresses that are too short, bare midriffs, excess cleavage, visible piercings on places other than your ears,
Tip: If you won’t be comfortable in your business attire, change a half hour before your interview.
What to bring?
Bring your one page resume, your cover letter, and a positive attitude!
First impressions are everything.
Walk into your interview and confidently greet your interviewer. Shake his or her hand and introduce yourself while making eye contact. Thank him or her for taking time to interview you, and then take a seat.
Be aware of your body language during the interview.
Be confident, but not overly so. Smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening, and nodding at your interviewer all show that you are engaged in the session. You never want to slouch, look off in the distance, fidget, play with your hair, touch your face, or chew gum during an interview.
Before you leave, shake your interviewer’s hand again, and thank him or her again for his or her time. Send your interviewer a letter or email a day or so after you meet. In your letter, explain how grateful you are for the opportunity and ask if there are any other steps you could take to further your application process.
It’s ok, you’re not alone! If you’re nervous for your interview, try practicing answering practice interview questions in the mirror a few nights before. Here’s a link to some common interview questions, and some generic answers to them.