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Interview Tips

Getting the right job is important to your future. While preparing for an interview may seem stressful, if you maintain a positive attitude and stay relaxed, you might come away with a rewarding new career. As you greet your interviewer, remember this: you’ve been asked to come to BJC because you have skills and experience that we value. Now, it’s just a matter of showing us your passion for excellence in person.

  • Know where your interview is located and how to get there.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  • Conduct research on the organization, hiring manager and job opportunity.
  • Bring appropriate documents and materials (including your resume, identification, portfolio, pens and other related materials).
  • Ask in advance where you should park your car, if there is a fee to park and whether the location validates parking.
  • Make certain that you know the name and contact number of your Talent Acquisition team member.
  • Write down some questions in advance to ask during the interview.


  • Turn off your cell phone.
  • Take notes.
  • Ask insightful questions.
  • Listen carefully and maintain eye contact.
  • Be confident — sell your skills!

Dress for Success:


  • Wear clean, pressed attire.
  • Ensure skirts are appropriate length.
  • Stick to solid colors and conservative prints.
  • Limit the amount of jewelry you wear.
  • Take the time to groom yourself for a neat appearance.


  • Wear t-shirts, tank tops, athletic gear, hats or provocative/inappropriate clothing.
  • Smoke or chew gum.
  • Underdress.
  • Overdo cologne, perfume or jewelry/accessories.


  • If you want the job, say so!
  • Thank your interviewer for his/her time


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