Job Applications and Interview Tips-What to wear and How to present yourself

Job Application

Job applications are the first opportunity to make the right impression.

It may seem silly to many that people have to be told this but having been in the position of a hiring manager for a number of years I can honestly say that I do not think this simple fact is being taught to the young people in our society.

I have over the years received applications that were, crumpled, stained written illegibly and barely completed. I have seen them written in green, purple and red ink, pencil, highlighter, and magic marker. I have even received a few that had misspelled the name of their school.

The current trend of Internet applications may cause some to think that these issues are a thing of the past but the truth is sooner or later you will have to fill out a real hard copy application. Most companies even though they do the Internet Job search applications will ask you to fill out a hard copy for human resources.

Employment Application Do Nots

1) Do not fold, bend, crinkle, crumple, staple, or mutilate the application.

2) Do not eat or drink while filling out the application.

3) Do not let your parent, friend, girlfriend, or boyfriend return the application.

4) Do not lie or mis represent yourself on the application.

5) Do not be vague about your time frame or monetary expectations.

Employment Application Dos

 1) Do use blue or black ink to fill out the application.

2) Do print legibly and the application.

3) Do complete the entire application.

4) Do be precise about dates, contacts, and your expectations about compensation and hours.

5) Do return the application to the company in a personal and proffesional manner.


It helps to have a resume, but if you do not have one I have found that it is helpful to carry a list of pertinent phone numbers and dates with you when you are filling out employment applications. I have also found that it is better whenever possible to complete the application on the spot rather than taking it home to return later.

Appearance matters. Even if you are just filling out applications you do not want to be remembered as "The guy with the baggy pants" or the girl with the blue green hair"

There is a time and a place for everything and any time you are in contact with the person or people you are asking to hire you is not the time to look or act anything but professional.

Employment Interviews

 Employment Interviews are the second opportunity to make the best impression.

Employment Interviews can be very nerve racking for a lot of people. There are many expectations placed on the meeting by both the interviewer and the interviewee. As the interviewee there are a few dos and don'ts you will want to keep in mind when preparing for this meeting.

Interview do nots

1) Do not be late.

2) Do not under dress.

3) Do not use slang, curse, or make derogatory comments.

4) Do not chew gum, play with your hair, eat , drink, or smoke during the interview.

5) Do not be a know-it-all

6) Do not address the interviewer by their first name unless you have been invited to do so.

7) Do not fold your arms across your body or shove your hands in your pockets.

8) Do not speak ill of former teachers, classmates, employers, or co-workers.

9) Do not offer irrelevant personal information.

10) Do not wear sunglasses, hats, to much perfume or cologne, or to much make-up.

Employment Interview Dos

1) Do be professional.

2) Do be at least 5 minutes early.

3) Do dress for success

4) Do be confident and courteous.

5) Do offer a hand shake and a smile when introducing yourself.

6) Do be prepared.

7) Do respond to the interviewers questions in a clear and concise manner.

8) Do look the interviewer in the eye when speaking to them.

9) Do answer all questions honestly.

10) Do offer relevent information about you past.


Following these simple guidelines will help you to make the right impression when you are looking for employment.

It will serve you well to remember that many applicants lose the possibility of being hired as soon as they walk through the door because of the way they dress, speak, and portray themselves. You only get one chance to make a first impression.

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Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

What look like some really small tips and people tend to ignore them because they look kind of useless, but they matter a lot. Nice tips Ohma!

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Ohma 6 years ago Author

UH You would be amazed at how many people I have interviewed that were just completely lost or worse rude and obnoxious during the interview.

lyricsingray 6 years ago

Ohma, this was fantastic, smart, and helpful, especially now, just kidding. Love, I am not at hubpages officially but will continue to follow your work, as I do love it, gave this one 2 thumbs up. You shared some very detailed info here and I hope lots of people do get to read it. Thank you for all your support, and I just know you'll do amazing here, wait a minute you already are

love kimberly xoxoxox

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Ohma 6 years ago Author

Kimberly, I am glad that you are still around. I hate that you have chosen to take your work down and not participate in the forums but I trust that you know what is best for you. Love and miss you very much.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I like the images it is appropriate and the simple tips are valuable, thank you, Maita

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Great hub and really thought out! Love your employment Do's and don't lists! Excellent, Ohma!

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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Thank you Ohma.............. I will keep this bookmarked and hope that I'll never need it! :-D But just in case, I'll know where to look for some very good advice! Education funding is heading for an all time low............. and I'll never say never, but I do promise to NEVER borrow anyone's baggy pants~ ;-)


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Origin 6 years ago from Minneapolis

Great guide, especially since I'm currently looking for a job still in my field (electrical engineering - it's been hit bad by the recession so it's tough!!). You can call me punctual, with my last interview I was 2.5 hours early, and I used the time to read the company's website which I printed out.. it's always helpful to read up about the company that your interested in, so if they ask "do you know what we do" your not going... "duuurrrr... ehh.. duurrr.." etc.

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Ohma 6 years ago Author

Great Idea Origin and great addition to my basic list thank you

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The Bucket Lister 5 years ago

I had a group interview last week and one of the girls there, who looked smart and well poised, ruined it completely when she started speaking! These are really great tips, since I'm currently looking for a job! Thanks!

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