How you look on a job interview is as important, or perhaps more so, than what you say or what your resume says about you. People judge on first impressions and how you look goes a long way to forming that first impression.
Theladders.com recently reran a piece it first published in 2009 about how to dress for a summer interview. While the piece is old, it’s still worth reading, the basics still hold true.
Some of the advice, first for women:
“If you’re wearing heels, replace them with a pair of comfortable flats. Tired feet can lead to poor posture. Find a coffee shop or a park nearby where you can sit down and put on your heels before entering the building,” the piece states.
“Splash your face with cold water; fix your hair; check your fingernails for dirt; and make sure there’s nothing caught in your teeth (smile). Always keep a handkerchief in your back pocket so you can wipe your face if it begins to sweat on the elevator ride up to the interview,” writes Nina Myers, a fashion writer.
In addition to the article, there’s also a photo gallery of what to wear.
The dog days of August are upon us, heed the advice here to help in your job search.
John N. Frank