Today is the first day of summer and in honor of that I wanted to share my tips on staying cool for the interview. The rumor is that the east coast will be hit with one of the hottest summers in decades - how can you beat the heat while interviewing?
My rules for you are here:
Rule 1: Do not dress for the beach – no matter how tempting it is to wear something light and airy for the hot months, it is not the right move to make for the interview or professional event you are attending. First of all, it looks unprofessional; learn more about dressing for success. Second of all, office buildings are the equivalent of the tundra for most of the summer months with the AC set on what feels like 50 degrees below zero. You will regret that sleeveless sundress or board shorts immediately upon entering the building and realizing that shivering through an interview is not a good look.
Rule 2: While schlepping for the interview, consider hopping a cab or an air conditioned bus for part of the ride. Beware the subway – some cars are air conditioned and some are not – nothing wilts you faster than the air below the surface at stagnating temperatures.
Rule 3: Bring water with you – keep hydrated. No one wants an interviewee to pass out – period. So make sure you have some water with you.
Rule 4: Bring extra deodorant and/or a light body spray – you will feel uncomfortable if you are all sweaty and if you are really sweaty it might make an interviewer notice, too. So just to be safe, keep a travel sized deodorant with you. Understand that you might sweat a lot on the way to the interview and most people will be sweaty, too because it can be like an oven in NYC – take some precautions if possible like traveling without wearing your interview shirt and changing in a Starbucks before the interview.
Rule 5: Be as ready for the interview as possible with my interviewing tips and keep in mind that you probably will not have many interviews in August because it just becomes the end of the summer and everyone is focused on getting some downtime in. Most offices are empty in August so try to get in as many interviews as possible through June and July!
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Lisa Vento Nielsen