Okay, now that I'm back, I can get to my answer. My first job at McDonalds was a shoo-in. I wore dress slacks and a nice blouse. The interviewer chuckled when I walked in, saying "a little overdressed, aren't we?" I just smiled at her and said "nonsense!" You can never be overdressed. Then again, most people who work there are teenagers who come in jeans and a tshirt. I set it out the night before, but I never ironed it. My interview itself was relaxed. I wasn't very nervous, but there were butterflies in my stomach. My natural charms and good looks just took over, I guess, because she seemed really impressed by me. Of course they were trying to fire me a year later
My second job was at Bob Evans (Mimi's Cafe's owner) and I wore pretty much the same thing. Again, they seemed charmed by my personality, the answers flowed freely, my handshake was firm yet friendly, and I sounded confident. I went into that interview like a freaking boss, and she didn't even get to the end of the interview to say I was hired. I must say, being relaxed and confident sells.
My third and current job I got with the Department of Defense as a civilian. My ex's dad happened to be the connection, and interviewer, but not the hirer. Even though I knew him, he kept it professional. After all, he wouldn't want to suggest or sponser somebody that would embarrass him, right? The branch chief was very impressed with my resume, especially my extra curricular activities. Being in the AFJROTC really did wonders for my resume, as well as the leadership positions I held there, and also surprisingly marching band helped. You can never underestimate the power of a few extra curricular activities, because chances are, they were in the same orginazations/activites, and that's just a few more brownie points.
For that interview, however, I wore a sort of dress suit. It was a WalMart suit that didn't quite fit me right, but it looked alright. I did iron this. They didn't expect Coco Chanel suits or anything, given that I was going for a student job, but the effort certainly looked good. When I met my branch chief for the first time, I looked him straight in the eye, smiled, and gave a good firm handshake while introducing myself. He immediately said "oh, you're the ROTC girl, aren't you?! I've been waiting to meet you! I'm so excited to have you with us, and I expect good things from you!" Too bad he retired 2 months later. My new branch chiefs love me though.
I can't personally say I have any weird sutra's for pre-interview luck, however I do often light an incense and meditate to focus my energy (that's probably why I sucked at school this year, I haven't meditated in a while), so I do that before my interviews. Also the obvious "furious masturbation" joke, but it actually isn't a joke I make sure I have a good breakfast so I don't pass out, and just a little caffeine so I'm alert but not jittery. ^__^
This post has been edited by NeoTifa: 21 March 2011 - 07:23 AM