What Not to Wear … June 18, 2010Posted by careersuccessions in Uncategorized.
Most of us have seen the hit television show, “What Not to Wear.” If you haven’t, the premise of the show is that two wardrobe experts, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly, interrupt the lives of nation-wide fashion offenders, ambush style, of course, fly them back to New York City, and make them over in a whirlwind of a week. Along the way, both hosts offer an impressive amount of fashion advice for the rest of us, as well as tips to keep their current ‘ward’ in line long after they leave the big apple.
Here at Career Successions, we rarely make it our business to keep anyone in line, or to give out fashion advice, for that matter, but we do know a little something about what you should – and should not – wear to a job interview. Landing an interview is a big deal; we’ve mentioned it before – in the current economic environment, there is seemingly insurmountable competition for every position, and being fortunate (or qualified) enough to make it to the stage of an in-person interview is no small matter! That said, we don’t want to see you miss your chance at landing the job of your dreams for something as trivial as your appearance.
At a job interview, your appearance speaks before you even begin to answer the first question, before you can articulate your long list of accomplishments, and long before you even introduce yourself. It is imperative that you make a good first impression on a face-to-face interview, and we’re here to make sure you successfully avoid some of the interview fashion faux pas that could make that first impression nothing short of disastrous.
Nix the flip-flops and sneakers.
When thinking of the perfect interview-ensemble, it may be easy to forget to consider your footwear. Bottom line – sneakers, converse, flip-flops, and other uber-casual forms of foot covering are out. They communicate a lack of attention to detail and unprofessional-ism.
Don’t show your underwear.
Maybe we shouldn’t have to say it, but let’s be honest – we totally do. Under garments are just that – they should stay under your clothes. Visible boxers, underwear, bra straps (yes, even if they match!), and the like are a big no-no.
On the bottom…
… avoid jeans, shorts, and short skirts. Slacks, dress pants, and keen-length-or-longer skirts are a better idea, and the alternatives communicate informality or are down-right disrespectful. On another note, keep in mind that whatever clothing you decide on to clad your lower half should fit – it should be too loose and baggy, nor too tight or severely low-rise (remember, we’re not showing our underwear!)
And, ladies, watch the cut.
On your shirt, that is. Avoid low cut or revealing blouses and tops. That means watch the top and the bottom – don’t show your bra, cleavage, or stomach on a job interview – no matter how rockin’ your abs may be.
Cover your ink.
We are not opposed to tattoos and piercings, but your potential employer may be. Consider covering up your tattoos and taking out your rings for your face-to-face interview, it may just make the difference between getting hired and not.
Keep your statement in mind.
When dressing for your interview, keep in mind that everything from the colors you wear to the accessories you choose has the potential to make a statement about the person that you are – and the kind of employee you will be. You want your personality, your experience, and your accomplishments to shine through. Don’t let these important things be muddled by loud colors, over-done patterns, or over-stated accessories. If anything, keep it conservative.
Mind your technology.
Headphones, iPods, cell phones, and Blackberries are all interview accessories you should avoid. Put them in your bag, briefcase, or pocket when you arrive, or leave them behind altogether. You want to impress the interviewer with your focus and attention to the potential job – listening to your iPod while you wait in the lobby or being obviously attached to your mobile device doesn’t communicate that at all.
With these tips in mind, and all of your expertise, accomplishments, and qualifications, you should be sure to land the job of your dreams. Remember – first impressions are lasting impressions! And, to find out more about how to make your face-to-face interview flawless, visit www.CareerSuccessions.com!