Ivanka Trump is a strong advocate for working women so it’s only appropriate that the mom of three would offer career advice on her website, IvankaTrump.com. On her site, Trump and team often give tips for the modern professional woman and recently the working mommy answered 5 questions about interviewing best practices.
1. How can I set my resume apart from the stack? “The most boring resumes are the ones that feel like they were written by a robot—the ones that fail to show any interests outside of work. Don’t be afraid to incorporate your personality and passions into your resume where appropriate.”
2. What should I wear? “First impressions matter. Think about the corporate culture and dress in a way that’s compatible. You should be confident and carry yourself with poise. If someone can’t pull themselves together for an interview, I have to wonder how they’ll manage to pull themselves together on the job.”
3. How do I stand out? “Being prepared is incredibly important. I’m always surprised by ill-informed questions: things someone could find—and should have found—on our website. Know what you want; not necessarily where you’ll be in ten years, but know how your skills will benefit the company with which you’re interviewing. Take initiative and say, ‘I’m young and inexperienced, but XYZ experiences lead me to believe that I can add value to this position.’ Don’t leave it to the interviewer to build those connections, connect the dots for them.”
4. What’s your #1 pet peeve when interviewing? “Do not be late. Arrive early. My father-in-law says that the only excuse for being late is that you didn’t leave early enough. I hear so many people complain about traffic. My advice? Anticipate it and leave earlier.”
5. When and how should I follow up post interview? “Same day with a handwritten thank you note. If you can drop it off yourself, even better.”