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  • Remember“You only getone chanceto make a firstimpression.”
  • Utah Education NetworkBusinessEducationlinks.orgDelranschools.orgCollegegrad.comwww.charlestonsouthern.edu/careers


  • 1. Dressing for Success
  • 2. What’s So Important about DRESS?
    First impressions are CRITICAL!
    You are marketing a product – YOURSELF!
    Dress is the first thing an employer sees when greeting you!
    Will dressing properly get you the job? NO, but it will:
    Give you a competitive edge
    Provide a positive first impression!
  • 3. Should you be judged by what you wear?
    You ARE judged
    With the job interview, it’s HOW YOU ARE DRESSED that sets the tone of the interview.
    The Reality
  • 4. Why Prepare?
    It’s a jungle out there…..
    Competition is strong, and the way we present ourselves is under closer examination more than ever before.
  • 5. For the Interview
    • Present yourself as a professional
    • 6. Dress for the interview, not a party
    • 7. Don’t distract the interviewer’s attention; it should be on what you have to say, not your appearance
    • 8. Arrive early and check out your appearance
    • 9. A smile, a firm handshake, and a positive attitude make a good first impression
  • Conservative is ALWAYS the safest route
    BUT – do some investigation of the employer
    What you wear should make you look as though you FIT IN with the organization
    If you overdress or under dress, the employer may feel that you don’t care enough about the job!
    Ways to find out the proper dress:
    Call the Human Resources offices and ask
    Visit the company’s office and observe the attire current employees are wearing
    Make sure you are not there on a “casual day”!
    How Should I Dress?
  • 10. Avoid “making a statement”. You are at work, not a fashion show. Khaki pants or skirt, a short-sleeved shirt, and matching shoes are always safe.
    Refrain from wearing sleeveless shirts or blouses.
    Make sure your clothes are wrinkle-free; hang them neatly and iron if necessary.
    “Casual” is not “sloppy”. Tuck your blouse or shirt in snugly, wear a belt to hold it in place, and tie your shoelaces neatly.
    See dress as way to make a good impression.
  • 11. For men, pants that ride low, below the waist. Put on a belt.
    For women, tops with plunging necklines. Keep the top buttons buttoned.
    For everyone, any item that fits tightly enough to be sexually suggestive.
    Don’t wear tight, baggy, or sexy clothing.
  • 12. What should I wear?
    So !!
  • 13.
    • Jacket with matching skirt or
    • Skirts are preferred for the
    interview; should be at the
    knee…no shorter
    Suits for Women
  • 18.
    • Business dress with matching jacket is okay…no party, cocktail, or sun dresses
    Suits for Women (cont.)
  • 19.
    • Single breasted, 100%
    light-weight wool
    • Jackets should have two
    or three buttons
    • Only button the top two
    buttons or the middle
    button…never all three
    Suits for Men
  • 22.
    • Tank-style tops in cotton,
    knit, or silk
    • Tailored shirt
    • 23. Safest color: white
    • 24. It’s conservative
    • 25. It doesn’t offend anyone
    Blouses/Tops for Women
  • 26.
    • No button-down collars
    • 27. Long sleeves only
    • 28. Fabrics
    • 29. 100% easy-care cotton
    • 30. Cotton/polyester blend
    • 31. White is conservative, but
    the least controversial color
    • Wear a short-sleeve, plain
    white T-shirt under your shirt
    Shirts for Men
  • 32.
    • Learn how to tie it correctly
    • 33. Ideally, it should touch the
    top of your belt
    • Stay away from gaudy ties for
    the interview unless you’re
    absolutely sure the
    interviewer will appreciate
    your individuality
    • Always make sure it is clean!
    Ties for Men
  • 34. Women
    • Stockings should be
    • Never white
    • Socks should match
    your shoes or pants
    • Should cover your
  • 35.
    • Close-toed pumps with medium to low heel…no spikes
    • 36. Match your leather to your suit color
    • 37. Black for a black or charcoal gray suit
    • 38. Navy for a navy suit
    • 39. Always polished!
    • 40. Purse should match shoes…not too large
    • 41. Carry only one item (purse or briefcase) to the interview
    Shoes/Purse for Women
  • 42.
    • Business/professional
    shoes…not casual shoes
    • Tie or slip-on style is
    • Colors
    • 43. Black for black or navy suits
    • 44. Brown for brown suits
    • 45. Always polished!
    • 46. Belts
    • 47. Should match the color of
    your shoes
    • Approximately one-inch wide
    • 48. No large buckles
    Shoes/Belts for Men
  • 49. Jewelry
    • No jingling bracelets
    or dangling earrings
    • Limit it to:
    • 53. Watch
    • 54. Ring
    • 55. Leave earrings, ID bracelet, and rope chains at home
  • Women
    • Avoid using makeup excessively
    • 56. Wear a natural look
    • 57. Wear a simple hairstyle…neatly combed
    • 58. Pull long hair off face or wear up
    • 59. Nails
    • 60. Manicured and no longer than ¼ inch past fingertip
    • 61. Use clear polish; avoid bright colors
  • 62.
    • Get a good haircut one week before an interview
    • 63. Don’t over style with too much gel
    • 64. Nails should be short and well groomed…get rid of grease or dirt
    Hair/Nails for Men
  • 65.
    • No perfumes or colognes
    • 66. Can be overwhelming
    • 67. Some people are allergic
    • 68. No body piercing
    • 69. Cover up tattoos for
    • Wear deodorant and
    brush your teeth
    Additional Tips
  • 70.
    • Don’t eat food that will leave an odor; use a breath mint
    • 71. Don’t drink alcohol before an interview
    Tips (cont.)
  • 72. The way you dress is the single biggest nonverbal communication you make about yourself.
    Your dress conveys success, trustworthiness, intelligence and suitability.
    Lean towards the conservative side of style.
    Avoid loud colors and printed fabrics
    Make sure your clothes are nicely pressed.
    Bring an extra tie, shirt or pantyhose just in case.
    Making a good “First Impression”
  • 73. Kick Start your Business Wardrobe
    Start with versatile basics
    • Black pants, dark suit, button-down collared shirts, classic pair of dark shoes
    Keep it neat and clean
    • Make sure clothes are ironed, stain-free and in good condition
    Steer clear of bar attire
    • Leave the slinky shirts, tight pants, and graphic T-shirts at home
    Look the part
    • Choose appropriate clothing for your role
    • 74. Ex: client presentation vs. meeting with the CEO
  • Body Language
  • 88. Remember:
    “You only get one chance to make a first impression.”
  • 89.
    • Resources: BusinessEducationlinks.orgCollegegrad.comwww.charlestonsouthern.edu/careersClarion University of Pennsylvania Delranschools.org Utah Education Network