Job Interview Pointers

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Recruiter here.  When I’ve been asked this question, my typical advice is to go as conservative as possible.  This means covering up tatoos and taking out as many piercings as possible.  Personally, this does not bother me, but you need to ask yourself what type of job are you applying for. 

I would personally ask about dress code if you are offered the position.  Also, see how others are dressed in the office. It should give you a feeling as well.

Always bring a copy of your resume.  You never know whether a manager will have a copy.  It is better to play it safe than sorry.  Come with a list of questions.  I always expect candidates to ask me a few questions.

The best advice I can give is to be yourself.  I can smell BS from a mile away, and my favorite candidates are ones that I can really talk to and are not robotic.  Try to have a conversation with the manager if possible.  Remember, it is an opportunity for you to learn about the company as well.

Feel free to ask me any other questions!


Post # 4
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have a nose ring also (a small diamond) and have never taken it out; nor has it ever been a problem. But like pp I would go as conservative as possible, maybe take out some of the earings.

Before I interview I always print out a set of practise questions and make sure I can easily answer them all. (my college provided them, I’m sure you can find some online).

Yes to the resume. And definelty know as much about the company before hand as possible, check out their website, newspaper, facebook, learn as much as you can, and again, same as pp, have questions to ask them as well, about the company or about the job. Show that you are really interested.

I also have always followed up the interview with a thank you card or email, don’t let them forget about you.

Post # 6
4819 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

since you are the “FACE” of the paper I think you should look as neutral as possible. Peircings and all that could turn someone off. ALWAYS bring a resume, and your references with you.

Post # 7
4819 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

… ALWAYS have at least 2 questions about the company/ the manager you will work under or the tasks you will be doing

Post # 8
3519 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Get a plain two pocket folder in black or dark blue, and bring 2-3 copies of your résumé.  You might get passed to a 2nd person and it is always good to be prepared.  Bring a pen a few sheets of blank paper, and your questions for them.  Have a marked up copy of your résumé with your notes to yourself of things you want to highlight.  


At the end of the interview, when they ask if you have questions, it’s okay to ask if they could see you in that position, if they have any questionor about what you’ve discussed, etc.  that may take them off guard, but you’ll get an honest response most of the time.


Post # 9
42157 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Twyla_Smith:  Remember that you can take a breath and take a moment before you answer a question.

It shows that you are not going to just blurt out the first thing that comes to your mind.

Post # 11
896 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009



  • I have my nose pierced, do I take the stud out?

I am inclined to say yes, but this depends on the industry, and the type of job/role you will have.  For 99 percent of jobs, though, I say take it off and be as conservative as possible. 

  • I have several piercings in each ear (no stretched earlobes or anything), do I leave them all in, or reduce to just a couple in each ear?  

Same as above.  I would try to be as conservative as possible, so 1 per ear.  

  • Visible tattoo – cover or not? (it’s behind my ear and easily coverable, just a matter of how I wear my hair)


  • If I get hired, or even not, do I mention the above-mentioned things? 

Nope.  Not reason to.  Let them see them on their own.  No need to put it out there.  

  • Do I bring a copy of my resume with me?

3 copies of your resume, 3 copies of college transcripts (if they are good, and if the job is related to what you went to college for) and 3 copies of your cover letter (if you were required to submit one).  Prepare a manila folder with a copy of each document.  Repeat process three times.  

  • Any other advice you have?

When asked if you have any questions, have a question ready.  I would also be ready to answer why you did not pursue any employment in the last six years.  

Post # 13
896 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@Twyla_Smith:  Ahhh!  Got it!  My apologies.  I misunderstood.  

Post # 14
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I always wear a watch. Whether or not it is actually true, I was told once that it gives people the impression that you’re punctual. 

Post # 16
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Shocked that it hasn’t been mentioned: wear a suit, not just dress pants and a shirt. I agree with what everyone else has said. As far as if you get hired and your tattoos/piercings, ask HR. I have tattoos on my feet and my normal work shoes show them, so I asked HR after I was offered the job if I needed to cover them (I don’t). I have my tragus pierced, but I never take that out because it’s a bitch to get back in. You can wear a watch, it doesn’t have to work! It does give a good appearance, although I totally forgot mine at my last interview and it didn’t make a difference.

I always take 3-5 copies of my resume, just in case, in a nice portfolio type thing (one of those that has a pad of paper and room for business cards). I have never been asked for or brought copies of my transcripts. 

Research the company by at least looking at their website. You can always offer up info to show that you’ve done your research, or they might even ask you about it/what you know about the company. Be able to show how your skills and experience would be a good fit for that position. I got my new job in Marketing by relating my extensive customer service experience. Every single job I’ve had has been some type of customer service, and that’s exactly what they were looking for. 

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