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					Business Attire

            Interviews:
         First Impressions



  Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Interview
   Visual impressions (and opinions
    about it) are made in under 3
    seconds. It speaks before you can.
   Do you match the company?
   How would a customer see you?



       Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
    Attire
   Your clothing should be noticed for
    fitting well and being appropriate.
   Appropriate attire says you are
    serious and understand your
    industry.
   Dressing nicely and appropriately is a
    compliment to the person who
    interviews you.

        Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Conservative Appearance
   Basic professional attire does not
    change with trends.
   Two-piece matching is best choice
   Dark neutral colors are best –
    navy, dark grey, black
   Solid or subtle weave/plaids that look
    solid at a distance. Avoid shiny fabrics.

         Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Head-to-Toe
   Appearance should be tidy and
    neutral
   Everything should be clean –
    hair, skin, nails, clothes, shoes
   Clothing should be well-pressed and
    well-fitted
   Inspect clothes for tags, threads,
    lint, hair, missing buttons

        Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Hair – Women & Men
   Clean and neat, back from face
   Colors should be found in nature:
    brown, black, blond, auburn, grey
   Some industries:
       Women - off shoulders
       Men – off collars
   Avoid ponytails, long/tall bangs.
   Facial hair – very trim, conservative.
         Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Fragrance – Men and Women
   No body odor
   No clothing odor
   Avoid smelling like smoke
   Avoid wearing perfume or cologne
   Avoid scented body lotions, after
    shaves, or deodorants


       Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Cosmetics
   Conservative and neutral
   A little is better than none
   Avoid shiny or sparkly make-up
   Avoid brightly colored eye shadow,
    lip stick, or blush



       Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Hands – Men and Women
   Should be clean, bare and tidy
   Cover wounds with a clean bandage
   Nails should be trim
       Men – short and clear
       Women – trim and neutral color
       Avoid length, designs, bright colors


         Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Jewelry - Men
   Glasses should be neutral, not flashy
   Conservative watch
   One plain ring
   Tie pin or clip is acceptable
   Conservative leather belt
   Avoid necklaces and bracelets
   Avoid earrings, other visible piercings
       Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Jewelry - Women
   Glasses should be neutral, not flashy
   Conservative watch
   One ring per hand
   Single pair of earrings – small studs or
    short dangle (avoid lots of movement)
   Necklace or scarf – should be
    conservative and blend in
   Avoid extremes of style and color
       Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
    Accessories
   Padfolio is best
   Small briefcase or business tote bag okay
       leather is best
       micro fiber or fine woven fabric okay
   Purse – small and simple, match to shoes
   Avoid large bags or briefcases


           Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
    Body Art – Men and Women
   Includes eyebrow, nose, tongue and lip
    piercings, visible tattoos, and
    alternative hairstyles/colors
       Avoid showing piercings (other than a
        single set in the ears)
       Avoid showing tattoos
       Avoid displaying other body modifications


           Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Suits – Men and Women
   Structured and well-fitting
   Match coat and pants/skirt
   Dark, neutral color
   Remove labels and tacks
   Pants – ½” above floor
   Skirts – at knee, no more than 1” above
    or below knee.
       Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Shirts - Men

   Long-sleeved shirts, even in summer
   White or light blue solid
   Conservative stripes are okay
   Should be worn with a neutral and
    complimentary tie



       Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Shirts - Women
   A tailored blouse in a color or small
    print that compliments your suit
   A fine gauge, good quality knit shell
   Avoid sheer fabrics
   Don't show cleavage, back, or belly



       Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Shoes - Women
   Leather, fabric, or micro fiber
   Dark, neutral color to compliment suit
   Closed-toe, closed-heel shoe
   Heels – up to 2 inches, not worn
   Wear hosiery
       Sheer hose is most conservative
       Neutral sock to compliment suit
       AVOID high contrast
         Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010
Shoes - Men
   Leather – should be polished
   Lace-up or slip-on business shoe
   Black or Cordovan
   Wear dark socks




       Office Procedures - CIS171 - Staci Groeschell & Annamary Fitzgerald - March 2010

				
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