Interview Prep 101: Making a Great First Impression

Consider your interview handled.

Consider your interview handled.

When it comes to job interviews, there is a lot to manage. Skillist has your back. We're putting together a few checklists to help you feel confident and prepared at your interview from beginning to end. First, we’ll focus on the basics.

  • Map out your travel plans at least one day before the interview. Plan for traffic or other roadblocks so that, no matter what, you arrive ten minutes early.

  • Bring at least three copies of your resume and cover letter, and keep them in a padfolio or a simple folder. Don’t forget a notepad and pen as well!

  • Keep your belongings organized. Invest in a purse or briefcase that fits your papers, a bottle of water, an umbrella and any other belongings you’ll have with you.

  • Dress appropriately. Looking great shows that you are taking this opportunity seriously, but it also makes you feel great too.  Unless you’re interviewing in the creative field, a suit will work best. For women, a pantsuit, suiting dress, or a blouse with pants or a skirt will fit the bill. When you’re setting up the interview, don’t be shy to ask what the company dress code is - they’ll be happy to help you feel your best.
  • Make sure your outfit is clean and pressed. Before you leave, do a scan for wrinkles, loose hems, scuffs on your shoes, etc. Acing all those little details will make you feel and look like a million bucks.

  • A little pampering will go a long way. There’s no need to drop your hard-earned cash on a blowout or a fancy manicure, though - just assure that you’re looking fresh, clean, and professional. 

  • Bringing friends or family along is always a no-go - make sure to leave them at home or arrange for childcare! 

Ready to get out there and find your dream job? Skillist is a new job platform that enables you to better identify the unique skillset you possess, and find jobs that match well with what you’ve got to offer. Learn more and sign up today!