Tips for women on dressing for success
When you are invited to a job interview, it is a positive sign that the employer is interested in you. The thought of the interview might make you feel a little apprehensive. Don’t worry…this is a normal way to feel. To get started preparing, the most important thing to do is to spend time rehearsing what you will say. Use sample interview questions and mock interviews to practice. Review a list of interview mistakes to avoid. And get your list of references in order.
In addition to these preparations, you should also devote some time to figuring out what you will wear. The most important rule to follow is to dress professionally. You want your attire to show the employer that you are serious about the job opportunity.
Tip #1: A business suit is still the gold standard
- Even though business attire has become more casual in recent years, it is still best to wear a business suit to an interview. A skirted suit the most formal, but a well-fitted pantsuit can be okay too.
- Be sure the suit fits you well. It should be a two-piece solid-colored suit. Be sure your blouse is coordinated, and that the blouse’s collar looks good with the suit jacket. Go for conservative colors such as black, dark brown, navy, or dark gray.
- If you cannot afford a suit or suit jacket, it is acceptable to wear a nice blouse, coupled with dress pants or a skirt. Wear dark colors, and avoid patterns.
- Your skirt should be long enough to cover your thighs when you are sitting. Your neckline should not be too revealing.
- If you wear a skirt, you should wear pantyhose (nude or black sheer). Bare legs look unprofessional.
- Your shoes should be in good condition without scuffs. Make sure they are close-toed shoes that match your outfit. If you don’t have a perfect match, make sure your shoes are darker than your clothes. Avoid sandals, clogs, and very high heels.
Tip #2: Go easy on the accessories and think about your tattoos
- Choose jewelry that does not make a big statement. Avoid heavy, large, or dangly jewelry. In other words, keep it simple.
- If you wear nail polish, choose a conservative shade, and keep your fingernails at a moderate length.
- Apply your makeup lightly. It’s better if the interviewer doesn’t particularly notice your makeup.
- Avoid perfume. It’s not worth the risk that it may bother the interviewer.
- Be sure your hair is clean and neatly styled.
- Earrings are okay to wear, but it’s better not to wear nose or tongue jewelry.
- Wear clothing that covers your tattoos if possible. (If you have tattoos and think that they might be a problem with the employer, you should ask about the company’s policy on tattoos before accepting a job offer.)
Tip #3: Travel light!
- Don’t bring a big bulky purse with you. It will look sloppy.
- Bring a professional-looking folder or portfolio that can hold copies of your resume, your list of references, and a pen.
- If you need to bring a purse, make sure it is small and in good condition.
- Turn your cell phone off during the interview, and place it out of sight for the whole interview.
By paying attention to the finer details of dressing for success, you can look your best on the big day. When the time comes, put your shoulders back, stand up tall, take a deep breath, and get ready to show them what you can offer!
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