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Dress for interview

  1. 1. Business Casual: Depending on job you're searching for, you may be dressed in a suit jacket and tie or a crisp pair of slacks with a dress blouse or maybe just an ironed pair of jeans and a nice button-down shirt. Dress appropriate to the job position desired; wear what you might wear on your first day of work. Your clothes should be clean and ironed, not looking like you just yanked them out of the laundry hamper. Your appearance should be seamless and professional, even if your job interview is for a waitress position. Tips to avoid: Spaghetti straps, t-shirts, jeans with holes in them, short skirts, anything too form fitting, baseball caps, and gym shoes.<br />2<br />Underwear: Keep your underwear hidden at all times. This tip should be common sense, but it's surprising how many people don't pay attention to this detail during their job search. Ladies: Never wear a black bra beneath a white blouse. Don't let your bra straps peek out from under your sleeves. Wear a shirt that covers your midriff. Whether you choose to wear pants or a skirt, do a quick check in the mirror to be sure your panties don't ride up your back every time you sit or bend over. Gentlemen: No one wants to see your boxer shorts... please wear pants that fit you, with a belt.<br />3<br />Hygiene: Take a shower before your job interview, so you smell clean and fresh. Avoid perfume or cologne, the person interviewing you may have an allergic reaction, or simply hate the smell. Make sure your fingernails are trimmed and smooth; you'd be surprised how much your fingernails say about you. Take some breath mints along on your job interview.<br />4<br />Fresh Face: Take some time to style your hair and "put your face on" for your job interview. Men should be clean-shaven or keep their beard or mustache trimmed. Women should keep their make-up as neutral as possible. You don't want to look like you're trying too hard; still, you don't want to look like you didn't try at all. Long hair, especially on a man, should be pulled back and out of the way for the job interview.<br />5<br />Behavior: Take a few deep breaths and relax. If you're nervous and tense, the person interviewing you will judge you for it. Be comfortable and cool. Smile a lot. Act like you want to be there!It's okay to brag a little about your accomplishments and skills- so long as you're being honest. Answer every question with something positive. When you're asked about areas where you need improvement, keep your answers honest but with a positive sense of self-assurance. Don't say, "My teamwork skills are lacking," when you could say, "I love working with other people, but I tend to hog the spotlight." Don't say, "I can't market for beans," when you could say, "I believe I'm a better business man than I am a marketer." Elaborate your strengths. Ask questions. Get involved in the job interview. It's okay to ask about salary, benefits, vacations, the job environment, dress code, or anything else you may be concerned about. It demonstrates your interest in the job... and hey, if you get all these questions out of the way, they won't have to repeat themselves once they've hired you.<br />