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Be Prepared for Interview Emergencies

Today's blog is written by ECS graduate advisor, Tara McCarron...

Interviews are an opportunity to put your best foot forward and make a positive first impression on a company you hope to work for. Part of making a positive first impression includes presenting a polished appearance with appropriate attire. I recommend putting together an “Interview Emergency Kit” to help you overcome potential wardrobe malfunctions.

What to include:


  • A small shoe shine and repair kit…it’s so easy to scuff your shoes walking up or down stairs. Nasty weather could muck up your shoes too.

  • A sewing kit…in case you lose a button.

  • A few safety pins and some mending tape…if you are not sure what mending tape is, it’s similar to two-sided tape. It works great in holding up hems that have come down or sleeves that are too long. The sleeve can be folded under and mending tape can be used as a temporary fix.

  • A toothbrush and toothpaste, along with breath mints and deodorant…no explanation needed!

  • A to-go stain remover, like Shout wipes…in case nerves get the best of you and you have a spill. These really do the trick in getting stains out fast.

  • Black shoe laces…shoe laces have a tendency to break when you least expect it, so add a black pair to cover yourself.

  • A spare pair of glasses or extra saline solution…avoid being uncomfortable during your interview in case you lose a contact or have dry eyes.

  • A few bandages.just in case you haven’t broken in your new shoes.

  • An umbrella…Ohio weather is really unpredictable!




Remember the Boy Scout motto, “Always be Prepared”, applies to the actual interview, too.

Good luck!

"Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes."
-Zig Ziglar


Authored by ECS.