Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dressing for a Job Interview

If you're planning to climb the corporate ladder in 2012, this article is for you!  

The most important thing to consider when dressing for a job interview is this: you want the interviewer to see you and your skills, and nothing else!  The goal is to look serious, polished and professional.  An interview is a weighty occasion and you want to dress the part.  

I'm often asked about "what is appropriate" for the office.  When preparing for an interview, the answer is to stay on the conservative and dressy side.  If you are questioning whether something is appropriate, it probably isn't.  Keep in mind that your interviewer will likely be older and more conservative than you.

Your objective is to get the job, so show up looking impeccably groomed, with a pressed suit in a dark color.  When the interviewer is talking to you, all they should notice is your polished demeanor.  They shouldn't be looking at large jewelry, bright colors, heavy makeup, sloppy clothing, or anything else that could distract from your experience and professionalism.  You should look powerful, competent and ready to work- this means leaving the trends at home.

Grooming Tips:  For women, wear a closed toe shoe with a small heel, unobtrusive jewelry, and keep makeup clean and minimal.  For men and women, nails and hair should be neatly trimmed and clean.  You should smell clean and fresh only- many people are allergic or sensitive to fragrances, so leave out strong perfumes and colognes.

*Super Saver Tip:  The Limited regularly offers 30-40% off full and reduced price merchandise.  Sign up for their email list to receive discounts directly to your inbox daily.  Today 12/21/11 The Limited is offering 50% off all merchandise.  That means the jacket above will be on sale for $79.00, the skirt for $29.95, and the pants for $22.47!  If you're in the market for a good, classic suit, don't walk- run!  Suiting doesn't often go on sale, so it's an ideal item to buy when generous holiday sales come around.

Jacket: $228.00* (Express)
Suit Pant: $98.00* (Express)

*Super Saver Tip:  Express regularly offers discounts of 30-40% off its full priced items.  If you sign up for their email list you will receive discounts delivered almost daily straight to your inbox.  For example, at the beginning of this month, you could have purchased the jacket for $136.00 and the pants for $58.80 (40% off each piece) if you set up an Express credit card.  These will become go-to pieces in your wardrobe that you will use frequently, so it is well worth the investment!

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