"One of the most common mistakes I see is they don't research the company they're going to ahead of time," said Todd Vernon, Chief Executive Officer of Lijit Networks. "I don't mean in-depth research, they don't visit the website. They don't do basic research, so they have no idea what we do when they come in."
In addition to knowing the company, you need to know what to wear.
"People think, 'it's Friday, it's Denver, it's casual. I'm not going to dress up,'" explained Sue Allon, CEO of Allonhill. "If I was applying for dish washer at a fast-food restaurant, I would wear my best suit."
Tim Huston is the president of Huston Industrial Services in Denver and some interview attire he has seen would shock you.
"I see saggy pants, lip rings, tattoos and a T-shirt," Huston said.
Huston went on to clarify, tattoos and piercings do not offend him, but they are not appropriate on a job interview.
"When they come dressed for an interview like that, they are not taking me seriously, they are not taking our company seriously, and that's someone I am not interested in having around us," Huston said.
A professional email address is also important.
"An email address which is like 'baby-cakes-love-ya.com' is not a good idea," Allon said.
Remember that every interaction that you have with a potential employer is vital. Be on time and make sure you are prepared.
All three of these companies are looking to hire. Sue Allon is the CEO of Allonhill. Her website is allonhill.com. Tim Huston is the President of Huston Industrial services, at hustonindustrial.com. Todd Vernon is the Founder and CEO of Lijit Networks at lijit.com.
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