Dressing Your Best for an Interview
By Sheila Dicks
The dress code in most organizations is
as unique as the organization itself, thus
it is impossible to find an outfit that
will work well in every interview. What
should you do? Do some investigating and
find out how the employees dress and follow
their lead - except dress slightly better.
Wear business-like attire, avoiding flashy
colors, bold prints, and logos. Wear simple
jewelry and keep it to a minimum. Wear clothes
in which you feel comfortable, and void
wearing skirts that ride up when you are
sitting. Carry a nice attaché case
or folder to hold your resume and samples
of your work.
Before you leave home, check yourself in
a full length mirror for rips, runs in stockings
(take an extra pair just in case you get
a run along the way) and buttons that are
about to fall off. Following are a few extra
points for making an impression at your
a fashionable suit or dressy tailored
separates. Ensure they fit well and
don't remove the jacket during the
your clothes for the interview the
night before and try them on and risk
soiling them. Leave nothing to chance.
you are not wearing a jacket and choose
to wear something more casual, long
sleeves are a must. Sleeveless garments
should not be worn in a work environment
and certainly not for an interview.
go without hosiery and don't wear
has been said that you can look at
a person's shoes and determine how
wealthy they are, yet for many people,
shoes are the considered the least
important investment. For an interview
or business, wear shoes with a closed
toe and closed heel; ensure they are
polished and free of nicks or scruffy
attention to your hair. A stylish
haircut is essential to a professional
yourself with confidence; stand tall
with your shoulders back. Portray
a successful image by paying attention
to details such as tastefully applied
makeup and wearing the best garments
you can afford. Your confidence will
also be enhanced by ensuring you are
well-prepared, which means knowing
the job you have applied for, knowing
your resume and how your skills and
experience fit that job.
Taking care of how you look will give you
one less thing to worry about so you can
concentrate on selling your skills.
Last but not least, don't forget to smile!!
Sheila Dicks is an Image
and Wardrobe Consultant who teaches women
how to dress to suit their body type and
look slimmer. Visit her at www.sheilasfashionsense.com
to download a copy of her ebook Image Makeover
and get How to Build a Wardrobe free.