Friday, July 21, 2006

The Job Interview Part II - Best ‘Suited’ for the Job

You’ve spent many hours completing job applications, making phone calls, refining and distributing your resume, and then one day it finally happens…you are granted an interview! Congratulations!

Now it’s up to you to present yourself as both competent and confident.

Whether you are a male or female, one of your first thoughts is “What should I wear?” Other details are important, but they all center around your clothes.

A good rule of thumb is to dress one step more professional than the job you are pursing. A nice business suit is the best choice for pursing some jobs, but a statement of over qualification for other positions. If the dress code of your target job is jeans and t-shirts, then one step more professional would be dress slacks and a polo shirt for either a male or female, or a casual dress for a female. If the dress code is ‘business casual,’ then you might try to find a suit.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money, and it doesn’t have to be a brand new suit. Remember, the second time you wore a new outfit, you were wearing used clothing because it was used - by you! Yard sales, thrift shops, and newspaper ads are good sources to consider. But shop wisely, and look for low prices on items that are in good condition.

If you are still unsure, do some research. Go to a different company in the same field. Sit in the lobby, or outside and watch the employees entering and leaving the building. Most of them would be following the company’s dress code.

Another option is to visit your city’s Employment Services Office. Not only can they help you search for a job, but they can usually advise you in prepare for the interview.

So take this information, don the right clothes, and go on your pursuit!

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