Research shows that within the first 4-9 minutes of an interview the recruiter decides whether or not to seriously consider you for a position. One of the best ways to make a good impression is to present a professional appearance. During the interview, unless specifically told otherwise, it is best to wear a business suit.
The following are some guidelines to help you project a professional image:
- A suit with knee length skirt is preferred. A professional pantsuit is acceptable.
- Select a suit that projects a professional image. Avoid trendy styles.
- Wear natural colored hose and always have a spare pair with you.
- Wear closed toe and heel pumps with one to two inch heels.
- Makeup should be appropriate for daytime.
- Wear minimal, understated jewelry.
- Fingernail polish should be understated, preferably clear, and never chipped.
- The best suit is a well-fitted wool blend. Select a suit that projects a professional image.
- Avoid trendy styles.
- Wear a solid white or light blue shirt
- Neckties change with fashion trends; when in doubt, choose conservative
- Socks should be a dark color, match the suit and cover the calf
- Wear a dark leather dress shoe that blends with the suit. Polished shoes are mandatory.
For Men and Women:
- Select the best quality clothing you can afford. One good suit with several blouses or
- shirts and ties is typically sufficient.
- Clothing should be neatly pressed/dry cleaned.
- Attend to personal hygiene.
- Avoid aftershave, cologne and perfume. Some recruiters have allergic reactions to fragrances.
- Do not carry extra items into the interview. A portfolio containing extra copies of your resume, transcript and notepaper is preferred.