Today Business Attire has changed drastically from what it was in the past. However, the rules for interviewing remain very much the same for most industries today. Dress attire remains crucial in setting the 1st impression and continues to be on the top list of priorities when it comes to being hired or promoted.
• Statistics show people remember 90% of what they see, and 7% of what they hear.
• The person hiring you is never your friend; act and look accordingly.
• Be prepared with both dress and mindset at least a day or two before.
• Research the company’s dress policy.
• Lay out clothing beforehand to make sure it is clean, ironed and ready to be worn.
• The little details matter: sheer hose, low heeled shoe, a top that has a touch of color (one that is flattering to you), well-groomed nails and low key accessories.
• Wear clothing that is comfortable and current. Make sure if wearing a skirt that you can sit down comfortably and the length is appropriate.
• Always carry an extra pair of hose and look in a mirror from front to back.
• Carry a briefcase only, leave the handbag at home.
• Posture speaks volumes, make sure to stand up straight.
Mindset is an integral aspect of a job search. I always suggest to practice and practice again. Stand in front of a mirror and practice, ask a friend to listen and critique you. Be very clear of your wording, energy and “vibe” that you are communicating. Research the company and be prepared to ask them good follow-up questions. Interviewing is a two-way street and again it shows preparedness. I truly believe the more ready you are the more comfortable you will be.
Pamela Etzin is on a mission to dress women well. She has spent her career in the fashion industry, first in New York City’s garment district, then working retail at some of the finest specialty and department stores, and now as a personal stylist, wardrobe consultant and image expert.
YWCA Bergen County’s Moving Ahead Program gives women the tools to balance themselves physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Sessions have empowered women to be confident, prepared, and career ready; helping participants learn how to seek and keep jobs.