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Dress For The Interview

Guess what?  You’re interviewing for that job you really want tomorrow.  You’ve done your background research.  You’re confident for the interview.  You know exactly what questions you’re going to ask.  Do you know what you’re going to wear, because that can make a lot of difference.


What Not To Wear

I’ll never forget when an high-ranking staff member of a professional sports team talked to my class about getting a job.  He told us about interviewing and the things that bugged him.  Make no mistake.  People can be very careless in this situation.  He told us about men and woman who showed up casual clothes and flip-flops were basically nuts if they wanted to be considered for the position.

Dress to Impress

Today, we get our dress guidelines from About.com.  Here are some great tips for dressing for the interview. Remember that dressing to impress for the big interview is only the first step in securing employment. What might come later are background checks and drug tests. However even before you can head down that path, you need the opportunity first!

What to Wear:

For men:

  • Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
  • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes (polished)
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails

For women:

  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails

Some More Tips

  • Bring a breath mint, rather than chewing gum.
  • Do not wear you earrings or visible piercings.
  • Don’t have your cellphone on or be listening to your MP3 player before hand.
  • Make sure all tattoos are covered.

Now you’re definitely ready for the interview.  You’ve got all the tools you need, and now you can dress to impress without those distractions that might get you the wrong kind of attention.

Good luck!

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