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Special Series for Graduating Seniors: Job Interviewing Tips

by robertr

April 9th, 2008
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DRESSING FOR THE JOB INTERVIEW: BLEND IN TO STAND OUT!

Now that you've landed the job interview, it's no time to get sloppy. Don't think that in order to make a good impression, your clothes must make a unique statement. The truth is that in order to stand out, you should blend in. Don't wear anything that will distract your interviewer and diminish the favorable impact your resume and cover letter made.

Simply put, think of the interview as a business meeting and dress for success. Even if the position you are applying for is in an industry where dressing casually is acceptable, it's still better to be safe than sorry. Regardless of where your interview is scheduled to take place, you still want to show up for the interview looking polished and professional.

The following tips apply no matter who the company is, the location of the interview, and the specific job you hope to get:

  • A smart, basic, dark colored suit is always a safe bet for both men and women.
  • A conservative white shirt and tie is a sure thing for men.
  • Stay away from articles of clothing that are too tight or revealing.
  • Make sure your shoes are not too clunky or casual, or too high to walk comfortably.
  • Leave your showy, dangly, sparkly jewelry and accessories at home.
  • Look neat, well groomed, and clean shaven.
  • Don't go overboard on perfume or cologne.
  • Keep your bulky and tattered backpack or messy briefcase in the car.
  • Don't bring your own coffee or water bottle to the interview.
  • Don't go into the interview smelling like smoke.
  • Save your mints and gum for another time.

In short, take the interview seriously. Dressing professionally not only gives a favorable impression, but also demonstrates good manners, maturity, and respect.

For more tips on job interviewing skills, check out our new blog section: Generation.Next! New tips will be added throughout April. Do post and share your feedback!

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