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Dress for Interview Success

First impressions matter. Dressing for success is about looking confident and professional, while also creating a "look" that allows you to feel like your best self. Although you may wear scrubs or a lab coat for the majority of your workdays, professional attire is best for a job interview. Your outfit should portray the competent, educated and confident person you are. Below are tips to help you create your personal "look" while also maintaining a professional image.

Creating Your Personal “Look”
  • The main goal is to be yourself and convey a genuine personal brand.
  • Pick colors that accentuate and add color to your skin tone.
  • Wear low-maintenance garments that don't fade, ball-up or attract stains.
  • Plan ahead and be sure all items are dry cleaned and/or pressed.
  • Pick your accessories wisely; one or two accessories can bring your entire outfit to life!
  • Make sure everything you plan to wear fits properly and comfortably when you're sitting and standing.
General Tips for Men
  • Fit is key. Get your garments tailored if necessary.
  • Plan to have your hair cut and facial hair groomed a few days before the interview.
  • Avoid excessively bright and flashy colors and stick to darks and solids.
  • When selecting a tie, be sure it is understated and matches your outfit.
  • Be sure all items are wrinkle-free when you head out the door.
General Tips for Women
  • Conservative styling is always appropriate; watch out for short skirts and low necklines.
  • Do not wear too much distracting jewelry near your face; YOU should be the focus.
  • A neutral handbag or briefcase is professional and also helps keep you organized.
  • Style your hair away from your face if it is long to avoid distraction during your conversation.
  • Makeup should be minimal and conservative in tone.
Shopping and Styling Smart
  • Before you buy any big ticket items, check your closet; something as minor as changing a skirt hem or jacket length can magically transform an old suit into an elegant "new" suit.
  • Save money by shopping the off-season sales and buying shirts, slacks, skirts and jackets that you can mix and match.
  • Sign up for the email lists from your favorite stores, as many stores have special sales and promotions for their mailing list customers.
  • Buy clothing that can be used in multiple settings; classic and well-made items can be used for business professional and business casual settings, and will serve you well for years to come!

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