Tuesday, May 26, 2009

How to Dress for A Job Interview

There's a saying that "First Impression Last". The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. Perfect grooming is your first assignment when you interview for a job, whether you want to be a CEO or an entry-level factory worker. The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That's why it is important to dress professionally for a job interview, even if the work environment is casual. Remember, you are marketing a product - yourself - to a potential employer; so you must make every effort to have the proper dress for the type of job you are seeking. Will dressing properly get you the job? Of course not, but it will give you a competitive edge and a positive first impression.

But what is the appropriate way to dress for an interview? What should you be sure to do before walking into a situation where you'll be judged on how you look? Here are some practical things you can do to make your interviews run smoothl1. How to find out what is the dress code? If you know someone that works there, ask. If not, call the receptionist or secretary at the prospective employer's office for tips or check when you're there to pick up a job application.

2. Go for the more business-like attire. Avoid flashy colors, bold prints or clanking jewelry; don't look fussy.

3. Keep ralph lauren shirts to a modest length...just above the knee or longer. You want the employer to look at you, not your legs.

4. Choose between closed-toe shoes, pumps and loafers. If you are wearing a skirt, nylons are a must.

5. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum. Flashy pieces are fun, but are best saved for other days.

6. Fingernails should be cleaned and trimmed. Make sure your polish is fresh and free from chips.

7. Avoid miniskirts, tight sweaters, sloppy overalls and sandals with straps.

1 comment:

  1. The first sentence of this post is only seven words long and has a typo. I stopped reading right there. If you can not proof you work well enough to catch a blaring error in the opening sentence, why should anyone bother reading any further or take anything you write seriously?