First impressions count. Your appearance tells an interviewer quite a bit about your character. You want the interviewer to see you as a professional in every way. Dressing for the occasion will also help you to feel comfortable during the interview. After all, what employer could resist a skilled, self-assured candidate? This is definitely the time to be meticulous about personal hygiene and wardrobe selection. Don’t forget the basics such as showering, shaving, and brushing your teeth, but there’s more to consider. Most professional organizations frown on body piercing, tattoos, and long hair for men. If you want to be asked back for a second interview you’ll need to get a good haircut, apply appropriate make-up and tone down the body art and jewelry. An expensive outfit is not necessary; however, your clothing should fit well, be clean and pressed. If your tastes run to the more casual or trendy, you might make a trip to your favorite department store. Find a salesperson to help you coordinate a flattering and professional look.
What should you wear to the interview or career fair?
- Tailored two-piece suit
(navy, black, gray)
- Ironed white or light blue dress shirt
- Coordinating tie
- Dark socks
- Shined dress shoes that coordinate
with the suit
- Minimal cologne, if at all
- No visible piercings or tattoos
- Folder with resumes, business cards,
pen and notepad
- Nose rings, unusual piercings, and earrings
- A five o'clock shadow or untrimmed beard
- Business suit with pants or knee-length
- Conservative dress shirt
- Closed-toe dress shoes
- Minimal perfume, if at all
- Minimal jewelry
- Plunging necklines or sheer blouses
- Visible undergarments
- Excessive makeup
- A folder with resumes and business cards
- Pen and notepad
- A cell phone or pager
- Food or drink
Support Dress for Success
Career Services provides faculty, staff and students the opportunity to donate to Dress for Success Wichita, a women’s organization. Donation drives occur once each semester. A donation box will be located at Career Services, 203 Grace Wilkie Hall for approximately two weeks during each drive.
The dates will be published on WSU Today and on our website: http://careers.wichita.edu. Your contributions will help Wichita women in need of a job. A list of needed items is available at www.dressforsuccess.org. For more information, call 978-3435 or visit the Dress for Success website.
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