Dress and Appearance:
It is important to dress as conservative as possible and demonstrate that you want to be taken seriously. Neat, well-attired and clean appearance creates an atmosphere of confidence, respect, and professionalism. Dress should be business causal, specifically:
- Business casual is crisp, neat, classic rather than trendy; Khaki or dark pants, neatly pressed, and a buttoned solid shirt are appropriate; skirts, dresses, etc. should not be shorter than above the knee.
- Excessively tight, revealing or baggy clothes are not to be worn.
- No blue jeans, athletic fleece sweatshirts or sweatpants should be worn.
- Shoes must be neat, clean and appropriate.
- Hair must be neat, clean, dry, and well groomed.
- Wear your nametag at all times.
Words such as “excuse me,” “sir,” ma’am,” “please,” and “thank you” are polite ways to address professionals. Try to use proper titles with all of the staff. Eye contact plays a vital role in effective communication. It allows the person with whom you are speaking to know that they have your full attention.
Cell phones, i-Pods, pagers, etc. should be turned off while visiting. Gum chewing is not permitted, however, an occasional breath mint is acceptable. Always remember that you are a guest. Treat everyone and everything with respect.
A thoughtful, though not required, gesture would be to send a thank you letter to your host company representative to let them know how much you appreciated the educational opportunity offered to you and what you learned from the experience.
In order to make this an effective learning experience, you will want to show visible interest and excitement in whatever you are asked to do while visiting the companies. It is advised that you ask questions to help demonstrate your enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
To view a list of questions to ask, see the sample questions page.