Most of us are very close to graduating. I know that word brings a whole mix of emotions but its unavoidable. College will eventually end and we will have to enter the workforce. After all, we need a way to pay off all of our school loans from going to a private school. Here are 10 very important tips for dressing for your next job interview from forbes.com. You can find the full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/06/20/how-to-dress-for-your-next-job-interview/
1. Thoroughly research the company’s culture/typical dress code within the industry. The article suggests calling the Human Resources office of the company to find out what the appropriate attire is for daily work and for an interview.
2. Invest in a “power outfit.” Personally, you don’t have to tell me to buy a new outfit twice. However, they suggest that you buy multiple power outfits incase you have multiple outfits. The article also suggests your outfits should be comfortable. If you are uncomfortable, everyone will notice.
3. Invest in comfortable, work-appropriate shoes. Again, you don’t have to tell me to buy shoes again. They suggested you wear closed toed shoes that are comfortable, conservative, appropriate, and add to your overall appearance.
4. Have your interview outfits tailored and dry cleaned. This seems like a small detail that doesn’t matter. In fact, skipping this step could save you money. But its amazing how much better your clothes look after a good dry cleaning.
5. Test-drive your interview outfit. Its one thing to love an outfit in the store and another to love it at home. After you buy your outfits, wear them at home and make sure you are comfortable doing everything in them. This way you know exactly how your new clothes feel before wearing them in the interview.
6. Do not wear perfume or fragrances. You don’ t want to take the chance of your interviewer to be allergic to your fragrance or just not like it at all. You want to be the first impression. Not your scent.
7. Pay attention to accessories. You shouldn’t wear very much jewelry. What jewelry you do wear shouldn’t be too big or flashy.
8. Be aware of your posture and body language. This is part of your overall look. Your body language should be just as confident as your clothes. You should have good eye contact, firm handshake, sit straight, etc.
9. Pay attention to your grooming as much as your outfit. “Your hair should be neat, and fingernails should be clean,” Ferguson Hodges says. I think this is pretty self explanatory but very important.
10. Continue dressing for success, even after you land the job. Everyone has heard the saying, “Dress for the job you want not the job you have.” If you want to move up in the company, dress like your bosses do. Don’t dress like your peers.