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How And Why You Should Dress For Success During Your Job Interview

Dec 13, 2007
You only have one chance to make a first impression when seeking employment. It is imperative that you dress for success during your job interview so that your prospective employer knows that you are a serious professional who cares about his or her career.

It is always advisable to wear a suit and dress conservatively for a job interview, unless you are interviewing in a creative field where casual dress is more appropriate. Women can wear a dress suit that is a combination of a skirt and a jacket and low heels. Men should wear a suit and tie with dress shoes. You simply cannot go wrong with this type of combination.

If you do not own a suit and do not have the money to purchase one, perhaps you can get by with something that is already in your closet. A woman can wear a conservative dress or a skirt and blouse, as long as the skirt is not a mini skirt and not leather. The blouse should be something simple and not loud colored. Black and white is always a good combination and can make your wardrobe stretch. Women will want to wear low heeled pumps, if possible. Open toed, high heeled strappy sandals are for going out in the evening, not for work. You should wear a bit of heel to look more presentable, even if you are tall.

A man can get by with a pair of dress slacks, dress shirt and tie if he does not have a suit. Shoes should be proper dress shoes and conservative. Shoes should also be polished, clean and not contain any holes. People notice your shoes more often than you think, so it is important to make sure that you wear good shoes to your job interview to make a good first impression.

If you do not own any dress clothes at all that would fit into a professional work environment, and do not have the money to buy new things, consider going to a second hand shop or thrift store and pick up items there. They can be laundered or cleaned at the dry cleaners within a day and you will look just as if you purchased the items new.

Hair should be combed conservatively and for women, long hair pulled back or twisted into a chignon at the back. This looks very professional as you do not want to be noticed for your good looks but for your qualifications. Women should also be sure to wear nylon stockings with their dress, even in the summer.

Although many offices are adopting a casual business look atmosphere, the job interview is one place where you do not want to look casual. This is your one opportunity to shine, ask questions and make sure that you are perceived as a professional who has respect for the company for which he or she is interviewing. Dressing for success during your job interview is just as important as your resume. This will demonstrate to the employer that you are a serious person who is to be taken seriously. Your prospective employer already knows about your qualifications from your resume. The interview is your chance to sell him or her on the opportunity to hire you.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his 18 year old son in Jensen Beach, Florida. Find more about fashion as well as shoe fashion at http://www.shoefashionmagazine.com
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