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  • Dressing For Interview Success

    2. 2. DRESSING FOR There is no getting around it! In every job interview, you are going to be judged - at least INTERVIEW SUCCESS partially - by how you look. The manner in which you present yourself during an interview can make a big difference in your ability to advance further into the interviewing process.
    3. 3. What Should I Wear? Although your attire plays a supporting role to your performance during the interview, it is important in making the “first impression” which can be a critical factor in your success. You need to dress appropriately in accordance with the standard apparel expected for the position.
    4. 4. 10 Seconds is All it Takes Interviewers can decide in 10 seconds that they do not want you. It will take them longer to decide they do want you. Chances are that by dressing on the conservative side, you may unintentionally disqualify yourself. But, trying to demonstrate how hip you are with your exposed lower back tattoos or laid-back Juicy Couture outfit could backfire.
    5. 5. Use Your Judgement A suit is not always necessary. So be sure to learn about an industry’s fashion culture; some are obviously more casual than others. It is also usually suitable to inquire about the dress code while setting up the interview.
    6. 6. Interview Attire for Men Suit In most interviews, it is recommended that men wear dark or gray suits (solids or subtle pinstripes). Shirt Dress shirts should be solid, preferably white, cream , or pale blue. Be sure the shirt and suit are pressed/ironed.
    7. 7. Tie A variety of ties can be worn, keeping in mind that muted colors in solid, stripes, or small patterns are preferred.
    8. 8. Shoes Make sure your shoes are polished. Leather, lace-up, or slip-on business shoes, preferably in black or brown, are preferred. Socks Should be a darker color (never white or bright colors) and of mid-calf height so that no skin is visible when you sit down.
    9. 9. Hair and Facial Hair Neatly groomed hair is appropriate. If you happen to have long hair, consider putting it in a ponytail to keep it out of your face. Beards and mustaches should be well groomed.
    10. 10. Cologne Minimize or avoid the use of cologne; many interviews take place in small spaces, and if your interviewer is allergic, it could be an unpleasantly short interview. Jewelry If you choose to wear jewelry, be conservative. Be aware that wearing earrings might not always be viewed positively.
    11. 11. Interview Attire for Women
    12. 12. Suit In most interview settings, it is recommended that women wear suits in plain, neutral, or dark colors. In organizations that are less formal, one might consider a sweater set and skirt or a dress, rather than a full suit. Skirts should be knee-length. Tailored pantsuits are appropriate. Shirts Wear a tailored blouse underneath the suit jacket. White, ivory or a light tone that matches your suit is appropriate. Short-sleeved blouses are preferred over sleeveless blouses.
    13. 13. Shoes and Hosiery Basic pumps, polished, with medium or low heels are appropriate; they should be dark and match the interview suit (or be a shade darker). Hosiery should be sheer and a natural color. Jewelry Simple jewelry is best, with no dangling bracelets or large, clunky jewelry that interrupts your conversation.
    14. 14. Cologne and Cosmetics Be conservative with perfume and makeup: when in a small space, even a little perfume may be too much (particularly if someone is allergic), so consider not wearing any. Nail Polish should be a light shade or clear. Hair Styling should be simple and should not distract you from your focus on the interview.
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