Monday, September 24, 2007

The Orando Employment Guide Presents: Interview Attire -The Do’s and the Don’ts for Game Day

There are a few rules for interview attire and they seem to be even more confusing in this Business Casual age we seem to be in the midst of. So as you go off for an interview, or cruise at our job fair next Thursday, October 4th, keep these tips in mind!

-Suits-You can never go wrong with a good suit. Make sure it is dry cleaned and avoid wrinkles. If you do not have a suit (you probably need the job to get a good suit), the next best substitute is a collared, button down pressed shirt with a tie. Pants should be black or khaki, use your discretion on others.

-Belt-This is a must, seeing that your shirt is properly tucked in. Avoid overly large belt buckles and bright colors. Black or brown should be just fine.

-Socks-Dark socks only, doesn’t have to be black. No white socks please!

-Shoes-No Tims, Sneakers or Flip Flops. You need to be walking in a nice pair of professional shoes. Black shoes match everything, even blue and brown.

-Limit the jewelry- Watches are great, spinning necklaces-not so much. Be tasteful and remember that “bling” is not in” to employers, no matter how cool of a company they are.

-Clean shaven and keep the aftershave to a minimum. Also no cologne please.

-Trimmed nails

-Portfolio, briefcase, laptop bag. It is considered professional to carry a bag, just make sure that it serves a purpose. Maybe having a laptop in a laptop bag isn’t such a wacky idea after all.

-Suit (navy, black or dark grey)-You can’t go wrong here. No worrying about the new “it trend” just a good old work suit that never goes out of style.

-The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably

-Coordinated blouse

-Conservative shoes-Once again no sneakers or flip flops. Flats are ok if office appropriate.

-Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets). Any questions, read the guys section and remember that no jewelry is better than cheap jewelry. Leave the costume stuff at home and for girls night out.

-Professional hairstyle. No just rolled out of bed hair-dos. Put some time into it.

-Neutral pantyhose

-Light make-up and perfume. No overly done paint jobs please. You are getting a job, not a date.

-Neatly manicured clean nails. If you are using nail polish, make it neat with a solid color, preferably light.

-Portfolio or briefcase. No clutch purses. Laptops can easily be carried in a portfolio carried under the shoulder.

-Keep phones, pagers, PSP’s, iPods, etc. in the pocket, the car or at home. Please remember to turn it to silent or vibrate. Nothing ruins a good interview quite like a Britney Spears ringtone.

-Re-read the posting on first impressions.

-Smiles and facial expressions are as much a part of your wardrobe as the shirt on your back.

-Have fun. Remain positive and don’t lie, recruiters can see right through them.

Good luck on your interview, and for those that need to land a great interview, you should visit us on Thursday, October 4th at the East Campus of Valencia Community College for the Employment Guide, the AARP and the Department of Labor’s Job Fair. We are targeting every demographic from the college students on campus to the older workers of the AARP Foundation to the faithful readers and job seekers that the Orlando Employment Guide reaches every week.

Happy hunting Orlando!

-Greg Rollett


Brandi September 25, 2007 at 12:02 PM  

In terms of shoes for the ladies, it is true that a conservative, closed toe shoe is best, preferably with a 1 1/2 to 2 inch heel.

Also, when you're on the interview, make sure to befriend the receptionist. It's been my experience that being pleasant to the receptionist can open up a few doors.

OrlandoJobs September 25, 2007 at 1:11 PM  

Thanks Brandi. It does help to get in good with the receptionist. Everyone is watching you when you walk through a company's doors, even if you don't think they are. Be nice and polite to everyone and it can go a long way with the boss!

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