Posted by: deltadallas | April 12, 2010

Dress to Impress

When I first started here at Delta Dallas, I remember a young lady coming in our office for an interview. She was lovely…and her skill sets were average…but she had dressed completely inappropriately. She wore incredibly long, bright nails, big jewelry, and a dress that would have been more appropriate for an evening event. I am not a recruiter, but if I were to pick up the phone to present candidates to a client – I would think twice about presenting this one. Even after coaching with a candidate on their dress and what is required, a first impression has already been made. She sent a message that said “I am really dressing my best, but I have no idea what to wear in a professional environment.” That impression is not easy to shake.

When you are interviewing, you should always dress to impress…a business professional.

One trend that we are seeing is that some people are choosing to dress “business casual” for an interview. This is not the choice to make when you are meeting a potential employer for the first time. You may have come from a business casual environment, or you may know that the company you are interviewing with is a “jeans and tennis shoes” environment – but you should always dress to make a solid first impression when you meet your potential employer for the first time. Here are the things that we suggest our candidates wear for interviews:

1.   A conservative two piece business suit
2.   Conservative long-sleeved blouse
3.   Clean, polished, conservative shoes
4.   Well-groomed hairstyle
5.   Clean, trimmed fingernails Avoid unusual or bright nail polish colors
6.   Minimal or no cologne or perfume
7.   Empty pockets – no coins or large items
8.   No gum, candy or cigarettes
9.   Light briefcase or portfolio case
10. No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.)
11. Cover all tattoos
12. Fresh shave: mustaches are a possible negative, but if you must, make sure it is neat and trimmed
13. No rings other than a college or a wedding ring
14. No purses, small or large; carry a small briefcase or portfolio instead
15. If you wear nail polish, use clear or a conservative color
16. Keep your makeup simple and natural (it should not be to noticeable)
17. One set of earrings only

It is the beginning of the week. I am sure that many of you have interviews scheduled at a variety of organizations with a myriad of colorful environments. Remember, though, that you don’t have the job YET. Leave a strong, professional impression as you are interviewing this week.

Tabitha Woods is Marketing Coordinator for Delta Dallas. Reach her at 972-788-2300.

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