A PROJECT OF THE County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

First Impressions

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Think about that. The impression you make begins when you first enter the door of the company or business. A neat and well-groomed appearance is important. Dress appropriately for the type of job you are seeking, but always dress professionally – a suit, dress, slacks and a tie, etc are best.

  • Learn as much as you can about the job and the company before you arrive for the interview. Visit their web site.
  • Be prepared to ask questions about the job (see suggested questions at the end of this section), such as job duties, salary, benefits, work hours, when they will make a decision and ask about opportunities for advancement within the company.
  • It is BEST to arrive 15-20 minutes early, to ensure you are there on time, and to show that you are prompt and responsible. If you do arrive early, wait until your appointment time to let your contact know you've arrived.
  • Do not smoke, chew tobacco or gum, or eat or drink during your interview (you shouldn't smoke at all but, if you do, don't smoke right before your interview either.
  • Do not sit down until the interviewer sits down or asks you to do so.
  • Stand/sit up straight & HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
  • Speak clearly and honestly and avoid using slang words.
  • Maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Do not discuss personal problems.
  • If you don’t know the answer to a question, say so. Any lies or half-truths may come back to haunt you.
  • Ask the interviewer to explain a question if you don’t understand.
  • Let the interviewer know how you could be a benefit to their company.
  • Thank the interviewer for the interview and for their consideration of you for the job.
  • Stress a willingness to learn.
  • Be sure to call or send a thank you note the next day to thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration. This shows you are conscientious and responsible.