Do you remember your first job interview? I do and I was extremely nervous. I dressed nicely but I was a referral from a friend, so it turned out to be a confirmation that I was a real person. I am sure you have read “Dress to Impress” as one of the tips for a first job interview or any interview. I did when I went for my second job, which was full time, after high school. I was supposed to work in the mail room and as a part time receptionist. I started immediately as a secretary to the Vice President. My suit paid off. Someone I know, in her thirties had her first job interview today. Until recently, she had always worked for her father. Due to his illness, he closed his business. She tried to buy a suit or some type of business type attire. Her previous job had a very casual dress code. She wasn’t prepared that most stores no longer carry business attire. When you only have one day to find decent apparel, and you have a family, your choices are limited. When she asked the sales clerk about business clothes, she was informed that they just don’t carry it anymore. She went to three stores before finally finding a nice blouse and a decent pair of slacks. She prepared as much as possible for the interview. When she arrived, on time, she had to wait fifteen minutes. She was finally ushered in to an office with a very nice woman behind a large desk. The woman was very pleasant and asked her intelligent questions. My friend discovered that it was a family owned business. After about ten minutes, one of the owner’s daughters waltzed in and began asking her stupid questions such as why she applied for the job; why did she decide to contact them about this position; what did she think was the most important thing about this position in terms of her ability to teach their students; what made her choose that profession; and what do she think are the most important things students should learn. The daughter mentioned three times that she was the CFO. My friend seriously wondered if she knew what CFO stood for and if she could spell it. I do not know if she will land this position, but it was a real eye opener for her. In her father’s business, she had seen him interview people and he was direct, to the point and asked intelligent questions relative to the position he was looking to fill. Over the course of my career, I have interviewed a variety of people. If I interviewed over the phone, my only consideration was their skills. If I interviewed in person, additional considerations were the basics such as were they clean and didn’t have bad breath or body odor. Hiring anyone should be based primarily on their skills. Secondarily, it should be if they can work easily with the other employees and if they have good hygiene. I hope if you remembered your first job interview that I stirred good memories for you.