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    1. No one should present themselves better than you!

    2. Clean shaven.  No goatees, moustache neatly trimmed.

    3. Uniforms vs civilian clothing

    • Make sure your uniform is not too tight you don't want one of the buttons to fly off and hit one of the assessors!
    • Make sure your sport coat doesn't look like a used car salesman's
    • Wear the best suit or sport coat you own
    • If possible, wear a tie make sure the colors match
    • If the choice is between a sport coat and your dress uniform, we suggest you wear your dress uniform.
    • Casual attire is not appropriate

    4. Personal grooming

    • Hair cut, but not recently (a week old at least)
    • fingernails and hands must be clean

    5. Wrinkled clothes never!

    6. "Shined shoes" seem like no big thing, but are noted by assessors as another "intangible" as you are walking in the room.

    7. The old adage, "You only get one chance to make a good first impression," is never more true and critical than in an oral interview.  The assessors will begin to score you before you even open your mouth.  Remember, charisma comes not from what is being said but what is seen.

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