Dress to Impress

It only takes about 3-5 seconds to make a great first impression. Your apparel, demeanor, and mannerisms are all factors in influencing what someone else thinks of you.

This is why it is so important to take time and effort in planning what you wear to a job interview, career fair, or networking event.

* Statistics show that when meeting new people, the impact is:
7% from what we actually say
38% from the quality of our voice, grammar, and overall confidence
55% from the way we dress, act, and walk through the door

Business Professional

  • Job Interview
  • Career Fair
  • Networking
  • Professional Events

 

Women

  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • Coordinator blouse
  • Modest shoe
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Tan or light hosiery
  • Conservative make-up and no perfume
  • Manicured nails
  • Small purse and/or padfolio

* 70% of employers claim they don’t want applicants to be fashionable or trendy.

 

Men

  • Solid, conservative suit
  • White long-sleeve shirt
  • Conservative tie
  • Belt matching shoe color
  • Dark socks and professional shoes
  • Very limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • No aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Padfolio or briefcase

* 65% of bosses say that dress could be the deciding factor between two similar candidates.

Business Casual

  • Employer Presentations

Women

  • Khaki or dress pants
  • Nice top (nothing sleeveless)
  • Modest shoes
  • Limited jewelry
  • Conservative make-up and no perfume
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Manicured nails

Men

  • Khaki or dress pants
  • Button-up dress shirt
  • Belt matching shoe color
  • Dark socks and professional shoes
  • Conservative tie (optional)
  • Very limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • No aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails

 

What NOT to Wear

  • Wrinkled clothes
  • Flip-flops
  • Bare legs/no hosiery
  • Clothes with holes
  • Cleavage
  • White gym socks
  • Hats
  • Stiletto/platform heels
  • Short shorts/skirts
  • NO GUM!
  • Fishnet stockings
  • Tennis shoes
  • Sweatpants
  • Leggings

* Source: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/infographic-how-interviewers-know-when-hire-you-90-seconds/