What you wear and how you look can make the difference between moving steadily towards your goal or remaining stagnant. In these days of mass-marketing techniques, you know that when a product lacks eye-appeal it gathers dust on a shelf. So think of yourself as that product. In order to achieve success, you have to sell that product, so start right now thinking of how you can improve yourself.
There are hundreds and thousands of women seeking success – in many cases the same success you seek. In this competition it is frequently the best “packaging’ that makes the difference between those who are left on the shelf and those who are sought after and snapped up.
What you wear at all times must be chosen for appropriateness as well as for flattery. The way you dress – or package yourself – is one thing over which you have absolute control. You can’t change your physical features, but you can change the way you look as easily as an actress does each time she plays a new role.
When you know what you want out of life – the areas of success you desire – then it is easy to dress ‘in character’ to create the most exciting, pleasing, attractive, appearance for your audience. Remember though, clothes can make you look the part you want to play, but they can’t replace the ability to play it. To get the job you want, be sure to learn as much about it as you can. The more you know about the type of business you want to become part of, the more intelligently and confidently you will handle your interview. All this knowledge, plus how you are dressed for your interview will stand you in very good dtead and help your chances for getting the job you want.
Before you even select the first article of clothing involved, you need to think about exactly what the job is you’re applying for. Think of yourself as a character in a movie – what would your character need to look the part? There are vast differences in the kind of dressing desired and involved in kinds of business firms. In larger organizations where dependability and integrity overshadow glamour – think banks or insurance – a conservative approach to dressing is expected, whereas in a imaginative or creative field there is much more freedom.
What you wear to your interview will also depend on the caliber of the job you’re after. If you’re being interviewed for a entry level position, leave your vintage fur coat at home. Employers will be looking for people that fit with the general character of the organization and with the other personnel. A girl with a millionaires wardrobe is going to incur envy and animosity among a group of less richly endowed. Simplicity and good taste are the rules in applying for any job, plus the immaculate grooming that speaks louder than words about how a girl will be in her work.
Before you go to your interview, be sure to try on the complete outfit you intend to wear and inspect it closely in your mirror. Do sit in it as well as this will be the way you will look most of the time to the person who will make the decision. Ask yourself (1) Do I look well groomed, (2) Do I look neat, (3) Do I feel comfortable and at ease, (4) Does my skirt ride up too much, (5) Does this outfit fit the image of the position I hope to fill?
There are also cases where extremely capable women fail to get a job because they look too elegantly put together – and I admit I think this is where I have often gone wrong in my interview outfits. This can be viewed by personnel directors as being too self-involved and dedicated to your own life rather than a job. This doesn’t mean that dressing to get a job should be an effort to make yourself less attractive, just that you should look your best – but business best rather than your beau-catching best. Not everyone is confident in their own appearance and can therefore misread your outfit and appearance.
There is no simple answer to what to wear to a job interview but there are many don’ts for sure.Being smart is strategic but unless employed in solitary confinement, IQ loses impact without professional looking clothing to match. The problem with so many young women entering the job market today is that they don’t seem to know what to avoid. Their instinct of dressing in their best is right, but their best is often inappropriate. Seductive dressing is counterproductive. Girls who wear very short skirts, skirts with splits to where legs end, sheer fabrics, or gaze-fixingly low-cut tops are not taken seriously. Same can go for a professional man wearing a plunging V-neck or shorts in an office.
A job interview is an experience that allows you to project yourself and your experiences into your own scheme of job getting. Analyze the kind of business you’re attempting to break into – find out the ‘acceptance look’ for that industry or company, and package yourself to it. Dress up to your ambitions! And most of all be yourself and be confident.