March 9, 2010 · For Employees
One of the most important tips that I can give a prospective employee is to take time to look your best. Your appearance will make a lasting impression. I am reminded of a commercial that I saw recently where the tag line was, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” Even if you are only going to pick up forms or drop off an application at your local staffing service or prospective employer, dress in clothing that is suitable for the type of job you are seeking.
Dressing in a businesslike manner will help you make a good impression at your interview. If you do not have appropriate clothing, most communities have discount stores or resale shops that provide many choices. Your clothes do not need to be expensive, just neat and clean.
In most cases, casual wear is not appropriate for interviews unless you are interviewing for a warehouse or industrial job. Even then, you should, if possible, wear slacks and a dress shirt…no jeans. Clothes that are too dressy or revealing should not be worn either.
Once you are on the job, you will be able to judge the types of clothes that fit the work environment. Many employers have “dress down” days when wearing casual clothing is acceptable. Otherwise, you should be in “professional” clothes.
Review this checklist before interviewing for a job:
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before your interview.
- Freshen up with a shower or bath. •Shave or trim facial hair.
- Hair should be clean and well groomed.
- Brush your teeth and use mouthwash.
- Makeup and jewelry should be simple and kept to a minimum.
- Wear clean, neat clothing.
- Wear socks or stockings with shoes.
- Shine dress shoes or heels.