“Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability. . . We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” ― Thomas A. Edison

Professional Wardrobe


Your primary goal in dressing for an interview is to feel good about the way you look while projecting an image that matches the requirements of the position and company. To learn more, check out our Pinterest Boards "Professional Dress for Men" and "Professional Attire for Women."

Interviewing Portfolio

Bring along a padfolio and the following information:

  • Copies of your CV or resume
  • Application materials and job announcement
  • Notes about your interviewers (who they are, what they do)
  • A list of questions to ask the about the position, the team and anything else you'd like to know

Professional Poise

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early for your interview
  • Make eye contact with people you meet and have a firm handshake
  • Make polite conversation/chit chat at the beginning of the interview
  • Don’t apologize for your background or lack of experience
  • Be yourself but always stress the positive
  • Don’t assume the employer or hiring committee has read your CV or resume

Professional Etiquette

  • Thank you notes should be handwritten
    • Make sure to thank the hiring manager/search committee chair for his/her time and effort
    • Keep notes professional but friendly. If you learned something about the position that fits your qualifications particularly well, be sure to mention it
  • Thank you notes should be turned around quickly 24-48 hours following the interview

Digital Resources

  • Graduate Career Services downloadable Guide to Non-Academic Interviews
  • The Student Room (TSR) Comprehensive list of questions commonly asked in Job Interviews, why they are asked if they have any hidden motives and advice on how to answer.
  • 10 Templates for Follow Up Emails After A Job Interview, Job Application and More
  • Big Interview – A free online training system that uses theory and practice to improve interview techniques and build professional confidence.
    • Conduct virtual mock interviews for particular positions.
    • Access a database of common interview questions with advice on how to answer them.
    • Use the Answer Builder to craft answers to behavioral questions.
    • View an online training curriculum regarding your strategic job search.

Graduate Career Services also has a Pinterest Page where we have collected a wide variety of online content that may be of interest to graduate students. Check out the Professional Polish and Etiquette and Interviewing boards for more tips and advice!