Graduation day- the beginning of adult life, responsibilities, college loan payments, actual housekeeping and you actually have to dress like a grown up now. This is especially important when it comes to a job interview. Competition is tough right now, so if you are lucky enough to get some face time with a potential employer you’ll want to be appropriately dressed for the occasion.
So, you ask, what should I wear? Well, it depends. Lets go step by step through the possibilities.
First up: the Professional interview
If you are interviewing for a professional position or even a post-grad internship at a professional organization, then business attire will be required. For men this means a suit and tie with matching dress shoes. For women this means a suit, closed toe shoes and moderate accessories. Remember that you want to look professional, but you do not want to call attention to your attire. You want what you say and do to be the lasting impression.
Next up: the Non-professional interview
If you are applying for summer jobs, positions in retail or the hospitality industry you’ll be able to get away with a more casual outfit. Sometimes this style of dress is referred to as business casual attire. Here the rules are similar for both men and women. Collared shirts, cotton pants, casual shoes. Most variations of this will be fine.
If you are unsure how to dress for your interview it is always a safe bet to overdress a bit. Better to have a coat and tie and not need it, than to be underdressed and look unprofessional.
What not to wear
Sometimes it is easier to explain what not to do, and attire for an interview is one of those times. Look over the following list and be sure you are not guilty of any of these interview-killing offenses.
Steve P Brady has over 10 years experience resume writing and publishes a weekly newsletter on career development for teachers.
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