Tips For A Great First Impression
The job market today is very competitive and dressing for a positive impression is very important. You need to show the employer that you take the position seriously or you are wasting their time and your own. Everything counts from your hair to your shoes.
The Reality of Perception
You will want to be sure you are dressing for the type of job you are applying for. It is as if you are marketing a product and you must sell it right. You will want to think about the geographic area and the time of year also. If you feel that what you have picked out to wear isn't professional or conservative enough, you are probably right. Always play on the safe side.
It is a smart idea to do some research and find out all you can about the company you will be interviewing with. You can visit the office to pick up a hard copy of the application and check out what everyone is wearing and what the office looks like. Or you could call Human Resources and ask them any questions of this type you might have. After checking on the company and its competitors, if you still are not sure what would be appropriate then over dressing is going to be better than being too casual. What you wear is often seen as a test. Is what you wear right for the industry and will you fit in?
The Judge Overall
Men should wear a full suit of a dark color. It should be clean and nicely pressed. Under this, wear a light-colored shirt and a conservative tie. Be sure shoes are nicely shined. A professional watch and a wedding ring is all the jewelry you should wear.
Women can wear a pant suit or a skirt suit. The color should be dark as in blue, black or grey. Shoes that are clean and closed-toed should be dark and with no more than a 2 inch heel are best. You should wear light-colored stockings. Make-up should be natural and hair should be worn down or in a bun but neat and professional. Jewelry is okay but nothing flashy and a minimal amount is best.
If you still aren't sure which outfit to wear, try a department store like Macy's or Nordstrom's. Consult one of their personal shoppers. If not that, you could hire a personal stylist.
Do A Final Check
You are there and are waiting to be called in for the interview. It's a good idea to go into the restroom and be sure everything is just right; your hair is neat, your tie is straight and all buttons are buttoned. You don't want to notice anything is wrong with your appearance after you get into the interview.
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