Interviewing Image

You can project an impression of ‘promotable, successful and professional’ just by the way you dress. Good grooming is a matter of caring about yourself. The way you dress reflects the image you have of yourself and how you feel others should perceive you as a professional.

Hair – Make sure your hair is neat and clean. Your hair should never be in your eyes. If your hair is long, wear it pulled back or up. Messy hair says that you don’t care about yourself.

Nails – Be sure your nails are clean and neatly trimmed. If your nails are polished, avoid fad colors such as purple or ‘neon’. Clear is always best.

Make-Up – Make-up should be applied for business daytime wear. Keep it to a minimum. Avoid bright colors of shadows, eyeliners, blushes or lipsticks.

Perfume – Perfume or cologne should be kept very light or not at all. A strong scent could be very offensive to others.

Hosiery – Women should always wear hose in an office environment. The color should be as close to your own skin tone as possible.

Shoes – Never wear sandals whether they are flat or heeled. Closed toe shoes are most acceptable for business-wear. Be sure your shoes are clean and polished. – ABSOLUTELY NO TENNIS SHOES!

Jewelry – Your jewelry should not overpower you. Select something simple. Don’t wear oversized earrings, bulky necklaces or bracelets.

Clothing – Simple is safe. Following every fad that comes along does not necessarily make for a sharp dresser. Do not wear short hemlines or low necklines – they are not appropriate for the office. A conservative suit or a skirt, light-colored blouse and blazer. Women: NEVERwear pants to an interview. Acceptable interview wear does not include pants even if they are fashionable and in style.

Summary – Dress for success! New opportunities may show up when you least expect it – be prepared. Learn what looks good on you!