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Interview Dress 101

September 9, 2010

Really not much has changed since my last post. I’m still in Oregon, still unemployed, and still figuring out what on earth God has in store from me. Now onto why we’re all here today.

My name is Lacy and I will be your instructor today. I have gone through my fare share of interviews in my years of working. Growing up my mom (who really is a wise, wise woman) instructed me in the ways of interview attire. She always told me to dress as if you are going to an interview when you a) pick up an application/drop off a resume, b) check up on said application or resume, and c) when you interview. With that said, the question of the hour is “What is appropriate interview attire?”.

Lets first start with what you should not wear.

This is only an example. There are plenty of things that you should not be wearing while you are on the hunt for a job and meeting potential employers. This includes denim, shorts, open-toed shoes, tank-tops, hoodies, and really anything that is skin tight. You want to look serious about the position you are applying for as well and polished and put together. Most places are not going to want to hire a disheveled, unkempt applicant.

Now on to an appropriate outfit.

Dress to Impress

Dress to Impress by lacyann featuring a converse shoulder bag

You really have a lot of options. You can do slacks (gray, black, navy, khaki, etc), knee length skirts, flats or heels (remember close-toed!), sweaters, and blouses. The key is to dress on the conservative side; think no cleavage and skirts right around the knee.

Employers are not only looking at your application, resume, and personality. What you wear and how you present yourself can have a huge influence on the future.

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