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  • William Lesslier williamlesslier William Lesslier Brooklyn, NY, USA

    Interviews are a crucial part of the hiring process. The employer is definitely interested in your skills and experience, so now is your chance to get through the final stage and secure that role as yours. We all know how important it is to impress, but what about the niggley little questions that aren’t covered as often? We answered some for you. When should I arrive? It’s pretty important to arrive before the time allocated for the interview. It shows you are organized and it allows the interview to start on time after the initial meeting and greeting. However, there is such a thing as being too early. You don’t want to come across as if you’re at a loose end or as if you weren’t really sure what time you were supposed to show up. If you arrive any more than 15 minutes early, which you may well do if you left yourself ample time to get there, wait in a coffee shop. Ideally, five to ten minutes early is appropriate. Do I always need to wear a suit? The short answer is no. What you wear will depend heavily on the role you are applying for and the company it is within. Creative agencies and tech companies often adopt a more relaxed dress code, and chances are all the staff will be in jeans. However, this doesn’t mean you should too as you still need to impress. If it is a more casual affair, it’s OK to leave the tie at home, but shoes and trousers are probably still wise. It’s always better to be too smart than too casual, even if you do stick out a bit.