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Before you speak, they see you!!!


Fashion! Fashion! Fashion! Its evolving.... While this is true and I applaud the creative minds out there in the fashion industry; I believe some people push it a bit too far and as such the sometimes wear clothing inappropriately. I speak specifically when dressing for an interview. Coming from the Hospitality Industry, appearance says alot. I remember back in College days, there were Career Fairs and Workshops where you were taught how to dress for an interview; the do's and don'ts.

Many people go to an interview and fail immediately because of what they wear. In the conservative business climate in which I worked, the way you looked did matter. In other environments it isn't as important. However, it works to your advantage to dress your best for the interview, regardless of the dress code at the organization. I don't know when or if the standard for the corporate world has changed, but for some reason jeans and bright colours are becoming the 'in' thing. This is not the best way to sell yourself at an interview; before you speak you are seen.

In case you did not know or probably you knew but needed

a reminder; here are some useful tips when dressing for an interview:

Men's Attire

  • Suit (solid color - navy or dark grey)

  • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)

  • Belt

  • Tie

  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes

  • Little or no jewelry

  • Neat, professional hairstyle

  • Limit the aftershave

  • Neatly trimmed nails

  • Portfolio or briefcase

Women's Attire

  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)

  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably

  • Coordinated blouse

  • Conservative shoes

  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)

  • No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry

  • Professional hairstyle

  • Neutral pantyhose

  • Light make-up and perfume

  • Neatly manicured clean nails

  • Portfolio or briefcase

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