Dressing for the Interview
According to Karyn Repinski, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Successful Dressing, there are 10 Keys to Successful Dressing:
- Recognize that you have less than 10 seconds to make a good impression.
- Know that what you wear influences others and can at [the very] least make you appear to be more confident and in control.
- Focus on being appropriately dressed – every day.
- Plan ahead; don’t “wing it.”
- Avoid attire that makes others feel uncomfortable. You want to stand out for your performance, not your clothes.
- Develop a consistent style of dress that takes into account your physical assets and flaws.
- Spend enough to make the grade. It’s worth it to splurge on one or two great outfits that make you feel invulnerable.
- Play it safe. When in doubt, dress conservatively. It is better to overdress than underdress.
- Take cues from your superiors.
- Sweat the small stuff. Attention to detail is a virtue that employers look for in an employee’s work and wardrobe.
Professional & Business Casual Attire: What to Wear & What Not to Wear
You only have a short time to make your first impression, and that impression can last forever- make sure it’s a good one! You appearance can tell another person a great deal about you, so follow these guidelines when selecting what to wear for interviews, and networking opportunities with alumni or prospective employers.
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