Post # 1
I have a second interview coming up next week for a job I really want. The first interview was what I feel was the best interview of my life. The interviewer and I got along really well (she even asked about being engaged, and shared that she got married at the same place I am!), and I hardly felt nervous at all, which was a first for me. She told me she thought I would fit in really well with the company and that the HR contact would be in touch soon.
Two weeks went by and my hopes had been slowly dwindling, when I heard from the HR contact. She suggested that since I have already seen the office we should have coffee in the shop in their lobby. I have never had such an informal interview before, and wonder if any of you have some tips you can share?
They have a pretty casual dress code and I am planning on wearing black tights, a sleeveless printed blouse dress with a black blazer and black chunky heel boots, as I feel I overdressed last time. Does this sound acceptable?
Thanks for your input!! 😀
Post # 4
@Baroness_Meg: I had a short interview at my college campus, for my first job. They changed it from being in their office later in the day to that morning, I wasn’t even dressed in professional clothes. Anyways the two big bosses showed up and did a short interview.
For you I’d expect something casual but, it sounds like you may even get an offer right then and there. So be prepared to negotiate, and be prepared to meet the the boss of person who interviewed you Even if its just for a minute.
Don’t buy your coffee before they get there, and do not get something to eat. 🙂 if they order a coffee or something order a beverage of your choice, but wait for them to take the lead.
Post # 5
@Baroness_Meg: I think it’s a good sign, and — score — free coffee!!
Regarding the outfit, if that is similar but slightly dressier than what everyone else in the office was wearing, then it sounds perfect. It’s appropriate to dress a little more casual for a second interview if the first one indicated a casual environment.
Post # 6
@Baroness_Meg: I had 3 interviews in the past 2 weeks for the same position. Two out of the three were interviews with managers and both were informal. I never had informal interviews before these but it made me feel more at ease and it helped me get rid of whatever nervousness I had. I’m grateful for the informal interviews but I always kept in mind I was in an interview because there are some potential candidates get a bit too comfortable and forget they are in an interview. If you are nervous about the setting and how you should be then I would suggest to follow your interviewer’s lead and demeanor. I think it will help you on how to interact with her during your informal interview.
Regarding your attire, I would still keep it professional…maybe not a suit but you can wear a pair of slacks and nice shirt. You never know who you will meet before, during or after your interview. In my new workplace, it’s a business casual dress code and jeans are even allowed. I noticed it during my second interview but I felt it would be best if I still kept it professional in my attire regardless if my interviewers were wearing jeans. I wore a suit on my last interview and I’m glad I did because I met other managers and other members of the team I will be joning.