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Job Interview Skills How to “Dress for Success” Sources include . . . “Would You Hire These People?” by Amber Ververka. Charlotte Observer 16 June 2006. “Professionally You: Successful Job Interview Techniques” from Family Economics & Financial Education-Career Development Unit www.symsdress.com Tips for Interview Success Be on time! Find a restroom to check your hair, makeup, and wardrobe before the interview begins. The receptionist often influences hiring decisions. Avoid unprofessional behaviors such as eating, chewing gum, using the phone or headphones, primping, or distracting employees. A potential employer has developed a perception of you within the first 12 seconds, so your choice in clothing is VERY important. Dress for Success: Your Face Practice good oral hygiene Avoid unnatural hair colors Ladies Gentlemen No large or teased Conservative haircut— hairstyles. Keep hair no tails or braids. out of your face. Conservative amount Facial hair should be of makeup—avoid neatly groomed. bright lipsticks or excessive eye makeup. Dress for Success: Your Feet Shoes should look new, not worn. Make sure they are polished. Shoes should be comfortable. If they are new, break them in at home. Ladies Gentlemen Wear 1-2 inch pumps Wear black or brown that match the outfit leather dress shoes. (black, brown, or navy). Avoid open toed and Lace-up shoes are sling back shoes. preferred over loafers. Dress for Success: Clothing Dress one step nicer for the interview than the job requires. If employees wear polo shirts and khakis, interviewees should wear a shirt and tie. Make sure that your clothes are well-pressed. Make sure your clothing is not too loose or too tight. If your outfit is something that you would wear around the house or to a party, it is not professional enough to wear for an interview. Dress for Success: Clothing Wear a navy blue, dark brown, or charcoal skirt suit. Pant suits may be acceptable, but most interview experts DO NOT recommend slacks. Skirts should come no more than 2 inches above the knee. Wear a basic color of panty hose that matches your outfit and shoes— usually flesh tone, taupe, or off- black. Even if the interview does not require a suit, wear a conservative top and professional skirt. Dress for Success: Clothing Wear a navy blue or charcoal two or three button suit. Dress shirts should be white, cream, or light blue. The tie should complement, not match, the outfit. Even if the interview does not require a tie, wear a conservative button-up or polo shirt without writing or logos. Wear dress socks that match your slacks and shoes. Dress for Success: Accessories Wear a conservative belt that matches your shoes. Fingernails should be neatly trimmed. Ladies should use a conservative or clear nail polish. Jewelry should be very conservative and simple. Wear no more than 8 pieces total and only one ring per hand. Men should not wear earrings. Use little, if any, cologne, perfume, or scented lotion. Carry a neat notebook or folder that contains your resume and a pen and paper for note-taking. Troubleshoot the Interview Outfits Belt is too casual. Jacket should be on before you enter the building. No jeans. The shirt should be pressed and all buttons should be buttoned. Shoes need to be closed-toed and well-polished. Do not rest sunglasses on your head or play with your hair. Showing skin should be done after hours. Tops should cover shoulders and midriffs.