Monday, October 25, 2010

Do you know what your clothes say about you?

  • In an interview your attire plays a supporting role.
  • Your conduct, your interpersonal skills and your ability to articulate intelligent and well thought out responses to questions are the most important elements.
  • Appropriate attire supports your image as a person who takes the interview process seriously and understands the nature of the industry in which you are trying to become employed.
  • Be aware that in some industries, customer contact and image presented to the customer is critical. In such industries, your attire will be judged more critically.
  • Your attire should be noticed as being appropriate and well-fitting, but it should not take center stage.
  •  If you are primarily remembered for your interview attire, this is probably because you made an error in judgment!
  • Dressing nicely and appropriately is a compliment to the person you meet, so if in doubt, err on the side of dressing better than you might need to.
  • Even if you are aware that employees of an organization dress casually on the job, dress up for the interview unless you are specifically told otherwise by the employer.
  • Never confuse an interview or business function with a social event. Don't dress for a party or a date.
  • Not every contact with an employer requires interview attire. For some occasions business casual is appropriate. See business casual for when to wear it and what it is.
  • Changes in fashion may change some things, like the width of lapels, the cut of pants, or the colors of blouses available in the stores. Basic professional attire does not change with the whims of fashion. A good suit should last five to ten years, depending on its quality, how hard you wear it, how well you care for it, and if it continues to fit you well. You can express fashion's whims in your off-the-job clothes, and to some extent in your accessories.

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