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Other Basics of Interviewing

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Dress for success

Dressing correctly for an interview means wearing appropriate attire for the field in which you are interviewing. This shows the interviewer that you understand the position and take it seriously. In the business world, suits are the norm — usually in dark colors. The education or non-profit world is less demanding in attire of its professionals. Either way, it can be helpful to check with professionals that you know in the field you are interested in to ensure that you are complying with the dress that is appropriate. If you have any questions, call Career Services!

Ethical and legal considerations

It is illegal for a prospective employer to ask questions that relate to race, gender, religion, marital status, or other personal areas that do not have any bearing on your ability to do the job. While employers might require certain personal information after hiring, there is no legal reason that those questions should be asked of a prospective employee if they have no bearing on that person's ability to do their job. An interviewer may not intend to break the law with certain questions — they may not have the experience to know what subjects to avoid. If you feel that an inappropriate question has been asked, you can consider that the interviewer is either uninformed, trying to put you on the spot, or may actually be unethical. Examine whether or not this question was intentional and then decide how you should handle it; either by sidestepping the question, or, in a severe case, by confronting the interviewer about the question. 

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