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Choose Wise Colors For Your Next Interview
Looking Your Best For The Interview Says Alot About You
Your dress is a major factor in the interview process. First impressions are lasting. Your dress should reflect the quality person you are, and it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.
Attire is very important in the interview process. Take advantage of this time of year by stepping up your game of job hunting. Stand out in a crowded job market to get your foot into the door. You can get in by looking great. Wear an appropriate suit to set you apart. If your budget does not allow a suit, try separates.
A Macy’s professional reminded me to always wear a third piece. What this means is, a blouse/shirt; skirt/slacks and blazer/jacket/sweater. The blazer is the third piece; it gives you a finished complete look.
Ask yourself the question, “What do I want people to see when they look at me?” Once you address this question, you can determine what look is best for you.
How To Shop
Purchase a high quality piece at a major retail store. Purchase a lesser expensive piece at a discount store and purchase good quality footwear. Making this initial investment will take you far.
Make sure all your clothing fit properly. No sags or bags. And ladies, get the next size so your clothing will not be uncomfortable and tight. My test for proper fitting clothing is, “if you have to keep pulling your clothes away from you, they must be too little or too tight.” It’s a good test. So if you find yourself doing this, go ahead and get the next size. I make this point for clothing in general, not just going on an interview.
How Important Are Looks On a Job
A person that is well groomed gets more attention than one that is not. Think of the many times you are waiting for service and you are waiting to be served. You want to be waited on by the best dressed most presentable individual, don’t you.
Well-dressed people respect themselves. Notice how confident they look and act.
- Low Cuts - showing cleavage.
- Too Tight - showing imprint of your body.
- Too Short - way above your knees
- Too glittery - earrings, necklace and bracelet
- Too casual - stuff you wear around the house.
Medical professionals, Fire Fighters, Police Officers, and Military personnel have it made. Their attire is pre-determined. If you do not like making daily decisions about what to wear to work, uniformed professional careers are a great way to go. Dress code alone is not the only determinant factor for choosing a career, but uniforms are easy to maintain, and make life simple.
Separates: Most Economical Attire
With separates you can mix and match and look like you have a new outfit every time you dress. Get two Blazers/Jackets, One or two Slacks and One Skirt (ladies) and a blouse/shirt. You will have at least four outfits:
- Blazer A + Slacks A + Blouse
- Blazer B + Slacks A + Blouse
- Blazer A + Skirt A + Blouse
- Blazer B + Skirt B + Blouse
You get my point. Mix and match. Get Navy blue or black, beige and a white blouse. You can add color to your outfit with a tie or scarf to make it pop. The main thing you want to do is, create a professional, tasteful high quality look that is appealing.
Make a Lasting Impression
Dress for the job you want. See yourself in the future, not where you are today. Be conservative, but yet tasteful. And if the job calls for creativity, by all means, dress punchy. Add color and a tiny bling. Enjoy the look you create, because you are creating your future. Your attire is a vision of your future -- now you wouldn't just put on anything, would you?