It is not uncommon for candidates to get nervous before an interview. However, interviewing is a two-way street; it is an opportunity for you and the employer to get to know each other. The good news is that the more experience you get with interviewing, the less nervous you will feel. Like any other task you have mastered, interviewing is a skill which requires preparation and practice.

Live Interviews

What to Wear?

    Tips for professional dress:

    • Conservative, dark colored suit
    • Minimal jewelry
    • Conservative make-up
    • Cover tattoos when possible
    • Minimal perfume or cologne

Phone/Virtual Interviews

Many employers will conduct their first round interviews via the phone or virtually using Skype or another online videoconferencing tool.

Some tips for a successful phone interview include:

  • Make sure you are in a quiet, comfortable environment where you will not be disturbed.
  • Have your resume, notes, job description, and employer research in front of you so that you can glance at them during the interview. Do not read anything verbatim to the employer, and try to minimize the sound of shuffling papers.
  • Smile! Even though the employer cannot see you, smiling can help you come across as personable and warm.
  • Some candidates find it helpful to dress professionally for a phone interview. Though the employer will not see you, it can be helpful to dress as you would for an in-person interview.
  • Be prepared for pauses and silences. If there is an extended silence in between questions, you can ask confirming questions. Comments such as “Was my answer clear?”, or “Would you like me to elaborate more on that?” can help you and the interviewer connect and thus provide you with important feedback.
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Restaurant Etiquette

Here are some tips to consider during the lunch/dinner interview:

  • Demeanor, language, and behavior should all be 100% professional.
  • Brush up on current events (world, sports, UNC) so that you can converse intelligently during the meal.
  • The meal you order should be in the mid-price range; not the most or least expensive item. You may want to ask the interviewer what he/she recommends on the menu to get a gauge.
  • Do not appear too indecisive or overly particular when ordering.
  • Avoid items that are challenging or messy to eat, such as pasta or dishes with a lot of cheese. Cut large sandwiches in half to make them more manageable.
  • Even if the employer is drinking alcohol, it is advised that you refrain from doing so.
  • If the service is slow or the food is not exactly how you ordered it, avoid complaining or making an issue of it. The point of the meal interview is for you and the employer to get to know each other, and for him/her to see how you conduct yourself in a social setting.
  • Be prepared to pay for your own meal, although it is customary for the employer to pay for the meal. Make sure you show your appreciation.

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