Monday, April 06, 2009

Interview Appearance Etiquette

Dress for sucess and get the job you want by making a great first impression! I am a strong believer that you should dress for the job that you want.

Step 1
Research the company you are interviewing with, and find out about the dress code for the employees; then opt to wear something a little dressier to your interview.

Overdress rather than under dress. It is better to be dressed too formally than to be dressed too casually for a job interview. Wearing a suit is always appropriate. It shows that you are serious about wanting the job and that you are professional.

Pick an outfit that fits well and is conservative. Loud prints or bright colors distract the interviewer. You want the focus to be on you and your skills—not your clothing.
*I don't know if I agree with this particular tip, especially if the position is in the creative field, you want to show a little bit of your personality. I prefer to wear one colorful item to stand out. I interviewed with a conservative jacket and skirt but wore blue platform heels and the interviewer complimented me and remembered me on my follow up phone call by my shoes.

Make sure the clothing you choose is clean and pressed. Take a moment to inspect your shoes and clean off any scuffs.

Choose nice slacks and a button down top or a business suit for men. Khaki pants are as casual as you want to wear for a job interview, and you should only wear those if the work environment is very casual.

Wear a business suit, slacks or a skirt with a sweater or button down top for women. Wear nylons if you wear a skirt. Capri pants, skorts and shorts are inappropriate to wear to a job interview.

Tone down your hair, makeup and jewelry. Wear no more than one ring on each hand, no dangling bracelets and only one set of earrings. Camouflage or remove visible body piercings for a job interview. Again, the focus should be on your skills for the job and your outward appearance should not be a distraction.

Step 8
Make sure to try on your outfit BEFORE the day of the interview. Make sure your clothing fits well and is not too tight or short.
*You would think that this would be self-explanatory but you would be surprised.

Step 9
Don't overdo the perfume, makeup, cologne or after shave.

Step 10
Check your nails. Keep them short, neat and not too bright if you choose to polish them.

Most importantly, ********Smile!*******

Interesting note from hiring managers regarding interviewees dress code for interviews:

According to Kim Zoller at Image Dynamics, 55% of another person's perception of you is based on how you look so remember, you only get ONE chance to make a first impression!

These tips were compiled from Ehow, About, Interview Stuff and Vault

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