It’s that time of the year again!
College students everywhere are currently looking for internships and summer employment opportunities. While there are tons of positions for the summer, some positions are more selective than others. Employers release their applications and then usually have follow up interviews, either a phone, Skype, or in-person interview.
The in-person interview is one of the first encounters you have with an employer and this can either help you land the job, or make employers believe that you are not a good fit.
There are many Do’s and Don’ts in regards to interview apparel. Here are a few tips to dress for an interview!
Business Casual versus Business Formal/Professional
Business casual usually entails of dress bottoms with a dress top and/or sweater. You can get away with wearing flats when wearing business casual. Business formal and business professional entails a suit, blouse, collared shirt, and/or heels. For most interviews, you would want to wear business formal.
This is not the time to put a blazer over your deep cut sleeveless top that you usually wear on a Friday night. You want to keep your closet stocked with a few business tops, skirts, pants and dresses. Also, make sure your skirts are dresses are not too short.
A Good Fit
You want to wear clothes that fit you in all of the right places. You know when your button down shirt is a bit too tight and you can peek through your shirt? You don’t want to wear that shirt to an interview. Make sure your clothes are well-fitted and not too tight. You want to be comfortable and look your best.
Keep it Simple
Less is more when it comes to business apparel. Keep accessories very minimal and keep prints and patterns plain and simple. You do not want to look too distracting.
Either do them, or wipe off last week’s polish which has nearly chipped away. Many employers notice the little things, and cleaning off polish does not take more than five minutes.
Make sure that your hair is neat. You don’t want to walk into an interview with messy hair right?
While many of us love wearing heels, we sometimes forget practicality. Ask yourself if you can comfortably walk in your shoes. If not, opt for another pair.
The way you present yourself to an employer will leave a mark. It is up to you to decide if your look will leave a positive mark or a negative mark. Good luck to all who are looking for summer internships and jobs!