Tuesday, February 13, 2007

What Am I Going To Wear?

Okay, so you went to the Career fair, you collected all your prizes, you went home and sorted through all your business cards and company information and now.........the phone rings.
Someone has reviewed your resume again and after talking to you at the career fair, wants to bring you in for an interview!
YES! I knew that advice I gave you would pay off someday!
Okay, but now what......you already wore your best clothes to the career fair. You can't possibly wear the same thing to the interview.
What are you going to wear to the interview?
Well, here are the things not to wear. (Well, most of them anyway, some are self explanatory and need not be listed here)
The Top Ten Things Not To Wear To An Interview
  • Wild Nail Polish. (By the way, this goes for men and women)
  • Jewelry that jangles (I might add that if you are in to piercings in places that are very open, you might take them out)
  • Open Toed or Backless shoes (I think this is a judgement call depending on the time of year, but if you want to be safe, don't do it)
  • Bare Legs (this means wear stockings, even when it's 105 outside. Men, no bare legs for you period, even with stockings)
  • Out of date suits for Men (No lapels that are too wide or too narrow. You don't want to look like you are from the 50's or from the 70's)
  • Short Skirts (Even with stockings, don't be a distraction. I believe the rule is no shorter than 3 inches above the knee)
  • Leather jackets for men or women (This one threw me a little but I can see it. They are not professional dress)
  • Turtlenecks for Men (Even if you don't have a tie, at the very least wear a dress shirt)
  • Printed or trendy handbags (You should be conservative. Some people differ on this because they think it is an expression of themselves. Don't express too much on the first interview)
  • Red Briefcases (I don't know what to say. I can't remember the last time I saw one and if I did, I would definitely be distracted. Be conservative)
Okay, so there you go. You made thought the Career Fair mall.
You are getting dressed up for the first interview.
Don't forget to do some more research.
You look great!
Good Luck!

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