Dress to Impress

In the preparation for a job interview, you must begin by taking a look at yourself. A good first impression is key to getting off on the right foot at the start of an interview. Being clean and neat would definitely be a plus in making that good first impression. There is only going to be one chance at making a positive first impression, so nothing should be overlooked.

The first couple of things that should be taken care of prior to the interview are making sure that you are clean and well-groomed. By well-groomed I mean that your hair should be neat and cut appropriately for the position that is being pursued.

The second thing that should be taken care of prior to the interview is to make sure you wear the appropriate clothing. Nothing too flashy or too trendy should be worn, because you don't want your own individual style to come across wrong. A nice dark suit, maybe dark blue or charcoal, whether it is a man or a woman going for the position, would be a step in the right direction. It may be the one thing that changes their minds and makes it easier for them to choose some other candidate. At the end of the day, you want to show them that you are serious about the chance you may have at working there and so, you don't want something as simple to change as what you wear to ruin your chances. Therefore, something conservative and dark with the appropriate shirt, tie, and shoes would be a great start in preparing for an interview.

Don't know what to wear for an interview? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Wear clothing that is both professional and comfortable for you.
  • Be clean, which goes for you and your clothing.
  • Be fairly conservative in dress--a two-piece suit, white dress shirt, and tie for a man. Women should wear either a more conservative suit or dress.
  • Wear clean dress shoes.
  • Wear a simple, clean hairstyle.
  • Avoid excessive jewelry, make-up, or perfume/cologne.
  • Wear a belt whose color matches that of your shoes.
  • Do not wear white socks. Wear socks that go well with the color of your suit and shoes.

Here's what you might want to bring:

  • A watch (but don't look at it during the interview)
  • A pen and pad of paper (for taking notes)
  • Extra copies of your resume
  • A briefcase or portfolio rather than a backpack or purse

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