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Interview Dress Article #3

 

WARDROBE SUGGESTIONS

WOMAN’S DAY  7/1/4/98

          Build a job wardrobe of one neutral skirt (or pair of pants), one pair of shoes, and several colored blouses you can change every day for variety.

                Decide on one or two styles that suit your figure; then stick strictly to them when you buy your clothes.  Don’t be lured by anything else just because it looks good on another person.

 

DRESSING FOR THE INTERVIEW

No matter what anyone says, you know first impressions do count. The employer forms an opinion of you right from the start. Your dress and appearance are big factors in creating an impression. It should convey pride in yourself and in the type of work you do. As a general rule, dress for the interview the way the best employees holding similar positions dress on the job. Whatever you wear to the interview should fit well, be clean and pressed. Look like you are ready to go to work!

For Women

If you are interviewing for work in a general work area, a basic dress, blouse and tailored skirt or slacks can be worn.  Keep it basic in style, color, and design. Save the barelook, sheer fabrics, and bright colors and bold prints for your social life. Wear natural, unsnagged hose and plain shoes with dresses and skirts. Make sure you are freshly bathed and your hair is clean and neatly styled, make-up natural looking (remember, bold blue eye-shadow is OUT), nails clean and trimmed and only neutral nail polish. Keep the perfume light. It shouldn’t proceed you into the interviewer’s office.

For Men

No matter what type of position you are applying for (general laborer, retail) a nice pair of pants and a shirt with a collar look good. Jeans and a sport shirt (NO tee-shirts!) are OK if you are applying for a position where you would be required to wear a uniform. Don’t make a fashion or political statement with bright colors or slogans on shirts.

Personal hygiene is important. You should be freshly bathed, hair should be clean and neatly cut, and mustaches and beards neatly trimmed. Use a light touch with the aftershave, too!

 

For a clerical or administrative position:

            Wear a dress or skirt and blazer.  Keep it basic in color and style.  (Evening gowns are appropriate only if you are interviewing for Miss America!)  Wear natural, unsnagged hose (or if you are wearing a dark skirt, dark hose) and tailored/plain shoes.

                Make sure your hair is clean and neatly styled, make-up is natural looking (neutral eye shadow -remember, blue is OUT), nails clean and trimmed and only neutral shades of polish on them.  Wear little or no perfume.

 

For a retail position:

                Wear a nice outfit. Make sure it fits properly and is not too tight  Keep it basic in color and style.  (Evening gowns are appropriate only if you are interviewing for Miss America!)  Wear natural, unsnagged hose (or if you are wearing a dark skirt, dark hose) and tailored/plain shoes.

                Make sure your hair is clean and neatly styled, make-up is natural looking (neutral eye shadow -remember, blue is OUT), nails clean and trimmed and only neutral shades of polish on them.  Wear little or no perfume.

 

 Dress appropriately.

                For Women:

                Wear a nice outfit. Make sure it fits properly, is clean and pressed. Keep it appropriate for the position for which you are interviewing.  If you are interviewing for an office  position a basic dress or blouse and tailored skirt is fine.  If you are interviewing for a manufacturing, assembly or warehouse position casual clothing such as slacks or nice jeans are O.K.  (Evening gowns are appropriate only if you are interviewing for Miss America!)

                Make sure you are freshly bathed, your breath is fresh, your hair is clean and neatly styled, make-up is natural looking (neutral eye shadow -- remember, blue is OUT), nails clean and trimmed and only neutral shades of polish on them.  Wear little or no perfume.

 

            For Men:

                Be sure that what you wear fits well, is clean and pressed.  If you are interviewing for a factory or warehouse position a nice sport shirt and pair of pants or nice jeans are fine.  If you are interviewing for an office position, a suit or sport jacket in a basic color is appropriate to wear.  (Leave the bright prints and plaids and loud ties at home.)

                Make sure you are freshly bathed, your breath is fresh, your hair is clean, and your nails are clean and trimmed.  Wear little or no aftershave.

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