Sunday, March 8, 2009

Appropriate Attire for Job Interviews

I was recently invited to a Career Guidance Talk as a resource speaker on college study tips. But what could be more interesting tips to give than the ones I have had personally tried. So in my teacher's blog, I have written some tips to help my students and others improve their grades, and have fun in college while doing this. Further, I have written a post on writing resumes.

When we apply for the job, it is our main objective to be considered for an interview. Although, it is what we say during the interview that matters, but we want to give an impression that we are dead serious with the job we are applying for. So, we dress well. But, dressing up for the interview means wearing the appropriate attire.

When I applied for this recent school where I am in now. I only worn jeans with semi-formal tops. I was all confident with my resume and former employment records that I did not really consider my attire then. I thought my looks were all ok.

Well, unfortunately, I was advised to have a reschedule of the teaching demonstration and to be on formal attire. Call it a big embarrassment! I got the job, but with a note that I have to wear the conservative attire worn in schools. This is understandable though but I am also a fashionista, so I break the rules once in awhile! LOL!

Photo Credit: Jenna C. Spinelle

As a general rule, WEAR NEAT AND CONSERVATIVE ATTIRE. The interview's focus is not on your fashion style but on your qualifications. So, don't distract your interviewers with your body accessories, short mini-skirts or tight pants or loud colors or disturbing perfume.

I like to share these other tips for appropriate attires adopted from Alison Doyle, an employment interviewer:

Women's Interview Attire

  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Moderate shoes
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Tan or light hosiery
  • Sparse make-up & perfume
  • Manicured nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Men's Interview Attire

  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • White long sleeve shirt
  • Conservative tie
  • Dark socks, professional shoes
  • Very limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Go easy on the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase
More Interview Attire Tips.