Thursday, July 24, 2008

Do you have an upcoming job interview?
How about going to an upcoming job fair?

Here are some tips on how to dress for success.

For those of you, who need a quick review of the basics, follow these guidelines for successful interview dress:

Men and Women
•Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or grey is best)
•Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best)
•Clean, polished conservative shoes
•Well-groomed hairstyle
•Clean, trimmed fingernails
•Minimal cologne or perfume
•Empty pockets—no bulges or tinkling coins
•No gum, candy, or cigarettes
•Light briefcase or portfolio case
•No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.) or tattoos

•Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern
•Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best)
•Dark socks (black is best)
•Get a haircut; short hair always fares best in interviews
•Fresh shave; mustaches are a possible negative, but if you must, make sure it is neat and trimmed
•No beards (unless you are interviewing for a job as a lumberjack!)
•No rings other than wedding ring or college ring
•No earrings (if you normally wear one, take it out)

•Wear a suit with a jacket and skirt or slacks; no dresses
•Shoes with conservative heels
•Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!)
•No purses, small or large; carry a briefcase instead
•If you wear nail polish, use clear or a conservative color
•Keep your makeup simple and natural (it should not be too noticeable)
•No more than one ring on each hand
•One set of earrings only
If you are still unsure about the specifics after reading the above guidelines, check out a copy of John Molloy’s New Dress for Success or New Women’s Dress for Success. While these books may seem to have a rather conservative slant, it is still the norm for interviewing. It is almost always better to be higher than the standard than lower.
Information provided by: Prep Dressing-for-Interview-Success.

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