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!
Should you be judged by what you wear? PERHAPS NOT THE REALITY: You ARE judged With the job interview, it’s HOW YOU ARE DRESSED that sets the tone of the interview. The Reality
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.
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?
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.
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.
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”
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
Ex: client presentation vs. meeting with the CEO