Dress for Interview Success

I recently wrote about how to prepare for job interviews. Along with prepping mentally, put some thought into what you wear and how you present yourself.

A recent study found that people wearing glasses (including fake ones) were more likely to get hired. As you rush out to buy a nice pair of fake peepers, here are some other appearance issues to consider.

Dress for success

If you are applying for a legal job, there is a good chance your interviewer expects that you will be wearing a suit. Even if you suspect the employer is more on the casual side, wear a suit.

The only time you should not wear a suit is if you are told “do not wear a suit.” In all likelihood, if your are interviewing at that type of employer, they will actually tell you that.

Lastly, make sure your clothes fit—try them on before your interview. An old suit that is too tight or too big will not score you any style points.

Be yourself—in moderation

If you have a favorite cologne or perfume, do not spray it on with a garden hose. You do not want your most memorable aspect to be your smell—regardless of how great Ck One smells.

Same thing with other personal style issues—moderation is good. You certainly do not want to pretend to be someone you are not and act like a robot. At the same time, cowboy boots or an outlandish tie should probably be left at home.

Lastly, consider sticking with your “normal” hairstyle. I have seen friends of both sexes try out a new style the day before an interview with both uplifting and disastrous results. For some people, dramatically changing their look will give them a boost of self-esteem. For others, their new style is not what they hoped for, leading to a dramatic rise in self-consciousness, rather than self-esteem. When in doubt, choose a trim instead of a new look.

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