Dress for Success

Presenting & Preparing Yourself

Many people form their opinion of others based on their first impression. These opinions can be very difficult to change. This makes it imperative that you deliver a positive first impression since you will not have a second chance.

  • Dress for success, even if the dress code for the company is business casual. You may not need to wear a professional suit in an interview, but a suit jacket enhances your image.
  • Pay attention to personal grooming; neat hair, clean and manicured nails, etc.
  • Make sure your clothes are neat, clean, pressed, conservative, and your shoes are polished.
  • Jewelry should be simple and conservative.
  • Avoid "heavy" or overpowering fragrances.
  • Sit down after getting dressed. If you are uncomfortable and feel you will tend to "fidget" during the interview,change into something more comfortable.
  • Try practicing with a friend. This will help you prepare your answers, especially to the tougher questions. Futurelink Online has provided some sample questions for you to take into consideration.

Other Considerations for Women

  • Wear tailored suits (pants or skirts are both acceptable) or classic dresses and pants (rule of thumb: the higher the position, the darker the outfit).
  • Shoes, bag, and belt should be coordinated in a conservative manner.
  • Avoid miniskirts, heavy make-up, shoes with worn or very high heels, sandals or open-toed shoes, large purses, and clanking jewelry.
  • Take into consideration not using perfumes that are overpowering.

Other Considerations for Men

  • Wear conservative suit jackets or suits in a dark color or a thin pinstripe, white or light colored shirts, and conservative ties in red, blue, grey, etc.
  • Shoes should be polished and business or business casual appropriate. Avoid canvas or sport shoes.
  • Avoid shirts with crests, logos, or trademarks.