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5 Ways to Look Your Best at a Job Interview

Posted by on January 16, 2015 - 8 Comments

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Congrats! You finally received a phone call from an employer asking you to come in for an interview! Now, what do you wear? You want your first impression to be strong, for the people you are about to meet could possibly jump-start a new chapter in your life. Your outfit and overall appearance should radiate intelligence and professionalism. Below are 5 tips to remember when dressing for your interview:

1. Make sure your clothes fit properly: Nothing too tight, nothing too loose-fitting, and ladies, do not wear anything revealing!

2. Wear a suit: This applies for both men and women. A suit will make you stand out from the rest of the applicants who only dress in business casual attire. A suit says you are ready for a promotion and you truly care about the role and company.

3. Make sure you have a nice, clean, well-groomed haircut/hairstyle: Your hygiene and personal appearance says a lot about you. The amount of effort you put into your personal appearance subliminally suggests the amount of effort you are willing to put into your career.

4. Shoes: Make sure they are professional (no sandals, sneakers, extremely high heels). Men, purchase polish beforehand and make sure they shine!

5. Think before you spray: We all want to smell great, but for an interview, avoid spraying any perfume, cologne/aftershave.  You never know if your interviewer is allergic, and you do not want to find out.

Most importantly, you should be proud of yourself for landing an interview! A lot of effort went into getting your foot in the door. Put an equal amount of effort into your outfit, add a little charm and charisma and you will surely land the job!

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Lena Foote supports No Boundaries participants to find career opportunities that will allow them to best utilize their abilities, gain real-world experience, and find competitive employment. If you have a topic you’d like Lena to write about, send your suggestion to:



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matthew lachapelle says:
Jan 20, 2015

wow that is great to have when you came in for a interview. This will help others to apple for a job. this will help me out

Dan Geiger says:
Jan 20, 2015

I think #5 is most important, people who wear excessive perfume are very annoying.

Liz N says:
Jan 20, 2015

I definitely agree that everyone should dress their best for an interview. Wearing a suit can really make you stand out from the crowd and it shows that you take the job and interview seriously!

Adrian says:
Jan 20, 2015

I liked it. It was very well written and had many helpful and important tips. When Lena said, “The amount of effort you put into your personal appearance subliminally suggests the amount of effort you are willing to put into your career”, I found that interesting because I was unaware of it. It does make sense though.

Alex Forsythe says:
Jan 20, 2015

I liked the article. I thought it was very relevant and had to do with being professional. It had great tips on what you should do for your job. I do some of it, a lot of it, actually. First of all, I wear professional clothes to No Boundaries and my job at A.M.C Theaters. I think about my appearance and other things.

Abegail J. Stahr says:
Jan 20, 2015

I think this article was inspiring and educational for those who haven’t any clue what is dressing up for an interview appropriately. YOU CAN NEVER GET FULLY DRESS FOR AN INTERVIEW WITHOUT A SMILE!

Lena Foote says:
Jan 20, 2015

Thanks everyone for those great comments!! I am very happy you all enjoyed my blog. Part II is coming very soon 🙂

Matthew – I’m glad this article helped you.
Dan – Perfume is great, but I agree with you, on an interview it can be distracting.
Adrian – Thank you, and yes, how you dress is how you present yourself to your employers.
Alex – You always look professional when you come to No Boundaries.
Abby – Yes, that should have been #6 – Always Smile 🙂

matthew says:
Apr 20, 2015

i like the steps

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