Get Ready for Your Career   Western Reserve Public Media
Overview Communication Skills Emotional Intelligence Financial Literacy Entrepreneurship Process Information Management Sample Careers Resources Teacher Materials Watch Online
Communication Skills

Going on an Interview


Okay — you’ve gone to school. You’ve interned at a place that has given you an insight into the career you’re interested in. You’ve decided on your career.

NOW — you’ve got to get a job!

Let’s look at the steps that you need to take.

  1. Find some organizations where you would like to work. Do your research — most companies have websites. Find several places where think you would like to work and learn about them before you go in for the interview.

  2. Get your résumé ready.

  3. Write a cover letter and send this letter and your résumé to the places that have jobs you would like to have.

  4. If you don’t hear from the businesses that you contacted, take the initiative and call and ask to have an interview.

  5. Now you’re ready for your interview.


The interview

First impressions are critical! You are marketing yourself! The first thing that a potential employer sees when he or she meets you is your attire. You must make every effort to dress properly, as this sets the tone of your interview.

Dressing conservatively is always the safest route. However, if you have concern about this, call the company’s human relations department and simply ask. You could also visit the company and see how others dress.

These tips for dressing for your interview were made by Dr. Randall S. Hansen. For more information, visit

You should have the following:

  • clean and polished conservative dress shoes

  • a well-groomed hairstyle

  • cleaned and trimmed fingernails

  • minimal or no cologne or perfume

  • no visible body piercing beyond conservative ear piercings for women

  • well-brushed teeth and fresh breath

  • no gum, candy or other objects in your mouth

  • minimal jewelry

  • no body odor

For specific tips for males to dress for an interview, go to
Females can visit for more information on how to dress for an interview.


The use of color

Shirley J. Wenrich, an interior designer and color specialist, believes that color plays a major part in our interactions in the business world (and in our personal worlds).

She has learned that blue is the best color to help increase communication. If you need a confidence booster, go for red and yellow accents. Don’t try to be visually overwhelming. Just use a subtle hint of these colors somewhere on your body. Blue suggests honesty. Wear bolder colors to promote assertiveness or softer colors to indicate helpfulness and understanding.

Wenrich states that color therapists and psychologists have studied color and the human mind. They have found a link dating back though the years to color and personality. Each color has its own set of characteristics:

  • Red suggests physical energy and vitality.

  • Orange means joy and enthusiasm, with added wisdom.

  • Yellow is intelligence with a share of organization.

  • Green is the center, signifying balance and versatility.

  • Blue means you are truthful, sincere and honest.

  • Indigo may always mean there is a touch of magic.

  • Violet is a highly spiritual color, symbolizing wisdom and sophistication in your personality.

What is your favorite color? How accurate do you think the list is? Do you think the color that you wear will have an effect during an interview? Copyright©2012, Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, Inc. All rights reserved.
Listening and Speaking: Communication Skills Communication Skills: Conducting an Interview Conducting an Interview Writing a Résumé Writing a Cover Letter Going on an Interview Clear Communication Drawings (PDF File)