How To Have A Good Job Interview Appearance: Leave Tight Clothes, Stringy Hair and Facial Piercings At Home

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Some ineffective (downright bad!) advice on effective Job Interview Appearance is circulating around the Internet, interspersed among the effective advice and job seekers are becoming confused. Following the bad advice results in job seekers appearing at interviews without a hope of being hired.

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The media does not help the situation. Our local newspaper ran a front page story for the lifestyle section of the paper, illustrating what good, professional "style" is for the 18-to-24 year old. The lead photo showed a young man in a crumpled suit of which the trousers were too long and dragging, but with an attractive shirt and tie. His combat boots did not in any way compliment the suit.

The asymmetrical hair cut was interesting, but hung down to his shoulders on one side and had a brilliant fuschia streak shooting through its black tresses. His eye makeup was too garish. That all would be fine in an art gallery, design company, and some other appropriate venues, but not for general office occupations. Fortuantely, he was not wearing facial piercings in the nose, cheeks, lips, eyebrowns, and chin - I have seen those in job interviews and they do not play well in securing a position.

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The asymmetrical hair cut was interesting, but hung down to his shoulders on one side and had a brilliant fuscia streak shooting through its black tresses. His eye makeup was too garish. That all would be fine in an art gallery, design company, and some other appropriate venues, but not for general office occupations.

If you're going to go with asmmetrical hair, don't go any longer than Olivia Wilde's in Tron:Legacy. It's long- and off kilter enough to be very interesting, but not too weird for work.

Eye makeup? - Men and women, both -- Use a light hand for the workplace; the less makeup the better in many cases. Sometimes "none" is the best of the best.

Fit your clothing and shoes correctly.

The Clydesdale foot takes a big shoe, but still looks good. Even larger shoe sizes need not be clunky.
The Clydesdale foot takes a big shoe, but still looks good. Even larger shoe sizes need not be clunky. | Source

Women's Work Appearance

An Internet story recently featured a young woman with long fly-away hair, neatly done understated makeup (very nice), a too-tight, too-short blue jacket, and form fitting black pants that were almost leggings.

Again, clunky clodhopper draft-horse type bulky brown shoes did not compliment the outfit. Something sleeker in footwear is appropriate for job interviews - and please save the Gaga and Minaj shoes for the clubs, where they are appropriate.

Good advice is to loosen and lengthen the jacket, French braid the hair, and get some more compact shoes. Looser trousers with a seam pressed down the center front legs would be perfect. Many employment counselors still advise women to wear a skirt or dress for an interview, but I find that that is not necessary in many settings.

For flair and excitement, red or yellow socks would be entertaining and eye-catching. A single piece of attractive jewelry on the lapel of the jacket would be a good choice as well (choose jewelry or bright socks, but both would be the overkill).

Hey! My feet are not clumsy, it's just my shoes!

Hey! My feet are not clumsy, it's just my shoes!
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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Great advice.. love this hub.. I used to inte4rvier people for jobs.. if they came in dress any old way I wouldn't even talk to them the people that cared about their appearance were that people I wanted. many blessing's

Debbie


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Thanks, Debbie! I have also seen some incredible outfits worn to interviews and understand your experience, I think. Best to you!


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cygnetbrown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

In many professional job interviews, it might also be a good idea to keep the tattoos discretely hidden. Tattoos in the workplace are not the taboo they once were, but when on an interview, discretion is probably your best bet.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

That is good advice, cygnetbrown; I wouldn't wear a deeply cut neckline to reveal tattoos on the chest or a sleeveless shirt/blouse to reveal tattoes on the upper arms.

Some companies require tattoos to be covered during work hours, but many are relaxing this requirement regarding small-design bracelet-type tattoos and small tattoos on the ankle, etc.

Facial tattoos probably won't do well in a traditional office setting, at least not large tattoos on the face. Thinly tattooed eyeliner can be great, though.


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cygnetbrown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

Good advice. It definitely pays to check out a company's policies before committing to an interview with that company.


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Maren Morgan M-T 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Loved the horse analogies and pix! You have a wry sense of humor and it is great!


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

cygnetbrown - You are totally correct. It can be embarrsassing to be in the wrong outfit in an interview situation. Sometimes, ob seekers drive by a workplace at th end of the day and take a look t what employees are wearing as they exist the building. That can help.

Maren Morga M-T -- The horses seemed a right fit. I will never forget the photos I saw of the man and woman both wearing huge clunky shoes as good fashion with too-tight suits. How did they ever walk, I thought?


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Great advice. As someone who has interviewed people for jobs, I cannot stress how important the right interview wear is. I'll never forget a job hunter who came in for a front office job at a nice office dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. Up and useful


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

What was that person thinking? Some people must not realize what to wear at all.

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