Dressing for Success in the Interview

by Mickey Mixon


Prepare and practice for an interview.  Remember that first impressions do last, so the way an applicant looks really does matter.


It is a good rule of thumb to always dress appropriately for any situation.  All too often appearance is glossed over.  Some might say that the inner characteristics of the person matter more, but in reality, you only have one opportunity for a first impression.  Make it count!


There are specific guidelines that can be followed. For an interview, always dress conservively. No flashy jewelry or clothes. The rule of thumb should be to wear something that will boost your confidence.


Below are the top ten do’s and don’ts during an interview:


Ø Women should avoid wild colored nail polish before the interview.  The same goes with long nails that could easily turn off some employers.  Nails should be neat and very tidy looking.


Ø Never wear jewelry that rattles and jiggles as you speak and move.  Try not to wear two or more rings or earrings.  Piercings, aside from the ears is also a no no.


Ø A professional hairdo also counts


Ø If you are a woman, wear closed shoes.  Heels are very appropriate, and it makes you look taller, which is a plus.


Ø  Again, for the ladies, never bare those newly shaven legs.  If possible, use stockings regardless of the temperature.  But make sure not to use fancy colored ones.  Only use those made for neutral looking legs that complement and match the shoes.


Ø Remember that a good suit or dress brings more confidence as well.


Ø Avoid short skirts for women.  Wearing pants or leggings are also a no no during interviews, unless it is a dressy, professional looking suit.


Ø Wear the appropriate blazers just as long as they do not look out dated.  Do not use any leather coats or jackets.


Ø For men, the tie is still appropriate.  Avoid using turtlenecks.  If there is no suit and tie available, use a collared shirt or white long sleeves.


Ø Men must not use too much aftershave or cologne.


Ø Women should carry small  handbags that are not too bright and conspicuous.  These should be conservative and matching the dress.


Ø Any briefcase used must be in perfect condition.


The way a person looks equal the message he is trying to convey.  During the interview, this can either become a plus factor for the applicant or a big loss.  Know for a fact that the way an applicant should look must be appealing and fashionable, conservative and not loud.


Remember that part of how employer picks a new hire is based on the physical attributes of the applicant.  From the way the hands were shaken, eye contact, posture, the smile, and the manner of dressing.


Regardless of your personal career background, skills, and underlying talents, if the first impression was bad, nothing else counts.  Do you want the job?  Look the part and your chances for success are much greater!


About the Author – Mickey Mixon

Sugar Land Businessman Mickey Mixon is a Licensed Private Investigator, www.AIB-Inc.com and a Talented Internet Marketer specializing in New Media and Affiliate Marketing http://PopGoesTheBiz.com . Mickey’s career includes a 15 year career in Houston Texas area retailing, owning stores in 5 malls until 1998. In 1997 he formed the PI firm American Information Bureau/American Investigation Brokers LLC. In 1996 he published his first book, Job Search Survival ,with an updated edition released on July 4, 2009. He is also Ministry Coordinator for the SCBC Job’s Ministry in Sugar Land TX.  Contact Mickey at  JobSearchSurvival@gmail.com http://www.JobSearchSurvival.com