Apr 3, 2014
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A Book Review- Your First Interview by Ron Fry

Your First Interview by Ron Fry

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Your First Interview is a guide to ease anxiety by helping make your first job interview as successful and positive as possible. This handbook lets a first-time job hunter know what is needed to land a job. It explains how to find information about a company, gives examples of stand-out resumes, explains how to obtain an interview, discusses behavior during the interview and provides tips on following-up the interview.

The book tackles the area many first time interviewees forgot to take into consideration during their job search, researching the companies you’re applying for or interviewing with. It’s great to have a polished resume, but what really enhances your performance during a job interview is knowledge of critical information about the prospective employer. Fry gives readers an excellent list of resources to start their detective work that allows them the assurance that their first career move is the right career move.

Fry also tackles the increasingly important topic of career networking. He informs readers about the importance of building a network of valuable contacts and how networking is more than a means to an end but a web of relationships that will be helpful throughout your career. He provides tips on hot to identify your existing network and enrich it to receive a greater variety of information. Fry also answers any questions the readers might have about the per-interview stages, during the interview itself, and the follow-up needed after completing the interview in terms of networking. Because this book was written in 1996, it does not go into the importance of emailing and social media etiquette that have become major aspects of modern job hunting.

A touchy topic that is uncomfortable for many first time employees is negotiating salary. Fry provides the best way to handle the discussion of salary during job interviews. The interviewee is put into a classic buy-sell situation when prospective employers bring up the subject of salary early on in the interview. Fry discusses how to look at the bigger picture of one’s life and to not sell your skills for less than they are worth. You need a job, yet you have to be realistic about whether or not the negotiated salary will cover the cost of living. Fry emphasizes how important it is to think over an offer, or even decline, it if you do not think it is feasible. At the end of the day, you have to see everything about the employment process as a learning experience to be used to better your future career.

Although this book was published in 1996 and some of the information is slightly outdated, it is still an easy read filled with practical advice for those who are “first-timers” in the working world. This book is mostly direct toward younger people as it extensively describes all of the processes you need to go through when applying for a job including your personal job goals, getting to know the company you will be applying for, how to write follow up letters and most importantly the proper interview etiquette. It is designed to let the readers know exactly what to expect when walking into a job interview. “Your First Interview” will teach recent graduates how to take charge of the interviewing process to make sure they have succeeded in selling themselves to the company and assure the company will hire them.

Ron Fry has gone on to write an updated version of “Your First Interview”, originally written in 1996, which gives a more in depth and contemporary view of the employment market and how to prepare yourself to answer tough interview questions without breaking a sweat. Fry also provides the readers with the best online job sites and a complete survey of global career building spheres. This book is a refresher as well as a miraculous remedy to all the dilemmas one faces before and during the interview, but also the reality of finally receiving an employment position and using it the first step in discovering your entire career.

Apr 3, 2014
Goucher CDO
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A Book Review- You Majored in What?

You Majored in What?: Mapping Your Path From Chaos to Career

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You Majored in What? is about your transition to working life and how it doesn’t have to match up with what you studied in college. The book begins by expanding on the author’s, Dr. Katharine Brooks’, “Wise Wanderings” career path method.  The “Wise Wanderings” system is one that’s designed for students and college grads who don’t want to follow the traditional career-focused pathway or don’t choose a career they went to college for. The system is created to help you tap into your inner strengths without getting caught up with negativity and regret.

This book is perfect for the visual learner complete with visual mapping and an innovative layout on every page.  These techniques are both creative and practical. Brooks applies chaos theory to the job-finding process, stating that “Chaos theory helps us predict the outcomes of complex situations.” Isn’t our job search just another complex situation? Brooks breaks through traditional answers to the question “What are you doing with the rest of your life”, by analyzing not only what subject the reader is interested in, but also what mind-set you have toward life in general. As a student myself, I found the dos and don’t of college studying interesting as it pointed out simple studying tips and myths, such as highlighting required documents doesn’t actually increase comprehension.

This book is refreshing, positive, interesting, and inspiring. It gave me hope that even if I don’t know exactly what I want to do today, some day I’ll be working in a career that makes use of my mind, my education, my talents and my interests. This book lays out why it’s okay to try different things and that it’s okay to be confused about what you want to spend your life doing.

I would recommend this book to any student that is stuck at the question stage of what to do with their life. “You Majored in What?” walks you through step by step the entire career process in an anxiety-free way. This book is like career coaching and therapy all in one. The Goucher College Career Development Office is a great campus resource that also provides an anxiety-free way of figuring out your life. The counselors at the office are there to help you chose a path that works for you and doesn’t leave you with regret.

Apr 2, 2014
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Researching a Company or Business: How-To

Whether you are a freshman in college or a senior, applying for jobs and internships is a vital part of your college experience. Many students need to have jobs over their summer breaks in order to pay for their expenses; others choose to have one for the fun of it. In this same sense, many students choose to partake in academic or paid internships for the amazing training and experience they can give in various fields. Whichever path you choose, you will most likely be going through some sort of application process. After your well-polished resume and cover letter is submitted, there is a good chance you will be called back for an interview or get the opportunity to speak with someone from the company. These situations can be stressful, and rightfully so. But don’t be intimidated! Being prepared is the best way to gain confidence and impress an interviewer/company official.

There are many different ways to prepare for an interview or conversation, including practicing various answers to anticipated questions, preparing questions to ask at the end of your interview, and coming up with different stress-relief strategies. At the basis of all of this preparation is the need to know the company or business you are applying to! You should always be aware and informed of the company’s mission/goals, their platform, recent projects or jobs they have been working on, information and background on the person you will be speaking with, etc. Many interviewers often say that you should never ask an employer a question that you can find yourself online.

So how do you go about finding this information about a company? Listed below are a few different resources and techniques for finding the most relevant and helpful resources about various companies and businesses. Utilize the information you find in your search to impress the interviewer/company official and land the job!

Google. Yes, I’ll include the most generic search resource on the list, because Google (or Bing, if you prefer) is a great way to track down not just general information about a company, but also news, corporate history and more.

Company website. This should be your first stop. Check out the customer-facing part of the site, and scan the press area, as well.

Corporate blogs. You should also read some of the more recent blogs, if the company blogs — and note who wrote them. Depending upon what level you are interviewing for, you might even be interviewed by someone who write the corporate blog.

LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. Many companies have a strong social presence these days, and you can glean a lot about the company, its culture and how it thinks about its mission by seeing how they present themselves on social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Even better, LinkedIn is a treasure trove of corporate backgrounders.

Find out who’s interviewing you — and look them up. If a company doesn’t don’t tell you ahead of time, contact your hiring manager or HR and ask who you should expect to meet on the day of the interview. There’s nothing confidential about that sort of info, and they’ll probably share it without batting an eye. Equipped with names (and, ideally, titles) you can learn a little about these folks via LinkedIn, Twitter and other sites. Learn a little about who they are, what they do at the company and if you have anything in common.”

Other options:

“Annual Report Financial Statements for Public Companies are a great source of information about how well a public company is doing and any future plans they may have. They are found under the Investor Information on a public company website. Be sure to read the fine print which can list company affiliates, partners and other interesting data. Apple’s Annual Report reveals its business strategy, organization, products, competition and customer markets among other information.

Press Releases issued by the company or its public relations firm give a glimpse into what the company is most proud of and want the public to see.

Industry Associations focused on your intended business will be the place where industry thought leaders and most influential leaders will be sharing their expertise and vision. Associations are an excellent resource to find out what is on the mind of these business leaders. One example of a robust industry association is the Conscious Capitalism Institute where you’ll find influential business leaders from all over the world meeting to share their innovative thoughts and concerns around the conscious capitalism movement.

Competing Companies: Be sure to research companies that directly compete with your target company. Get to know your target company’s competition and what they are doing. Wouldn’t it be impressive to a prospective employer if you were able to give them a heads up on what their competition was doing?

Glassdoor.com: This site describes itself as an anonymous workplace community that gives a free inside look at over 200,000 companies including salaries, employee reviews and interview questions. We like it to research companies because the reviews are by actual employees and they give both pros and cons of that company. You can also identify salary expectations and prepare for interviews by seeing actual interview questions that other job candidates were asked.”

 

If you have any more questions or concerns about any aspect of the job search process, please come down to the CDO for walk-in hours (Mon.-Fri. 2-4, Wed. 3-5) or for an appointment (call or email). We are here to assist you in all of your career development needs!

 This information was sourced from an article published on CBS by Dave Johnson: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-to-research-a-company-before-the-job-interview/

Check out these two articles that were quoted above for more information on researching companies and utilizing the internet in your search.

http://alumni.holycross.edu/s/1380/images/editor_documents/career/presentations/ten_smart_ways_to_research_a_company_online_before_your_interview_handout.pdf

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-to-research-a-company-before-the-job-interview/

 

Apr 2, 2014
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“Grad School: To Go or Not to Go”

Should you go on to graduate school? Is it the right move for you at this point in your career? Give your decision careful consideration, weighing all the factors, including:

Your career path

What do you truly want to do? What excites you more than anything? If it’s a profession you absolutely, positively must pursue, and it requires advanced education, then you’re probably an excellent candidate for further education.

“You go to graduate school to become an expert in a certain area or to be a professional in certain industries, like law, medicine, or engineering,” explains Cindy Parnell, director of career services at Arizona State University.

Investment of time, money, and energy

Graduate students find out very quickly that their days of frat parties, general education courses, and hanging out with friends are over—graduate school is, well, about school.

Are you ready to commit?

Also consider your post-undergraduate life plans. Are marriage and family in your immediate future? Graduate school can put a huge financial strain on a young couple already facing student loan debt, not to mention the burden of the time you’ll be spending studying. Be sure you—and your family—are ready for the added responsibility of a few more years of schooling.

Your marketability to an employer

Not every profession requires an advanced degree, so do some research on potential career opportunities before committing to more education.

“Students run the risk of thinking today that grad school might be the answer. Depending on the program, you want to have the fieldwork experience as well as grad school. If you go on to grad school without having any fieldwork experience, you run the risk of being over-educated [and under-experienced],” says Shayne Bernstein, associate director, career development services, at Hunter College.

Opportunities within the field

If you do plan to work before going back for that advanced degree, will more education help you move up the ranks at your company? Have you landed a job in your undergraduate area of study, and now you’re thinking you want to enhance what you’ve learned, or pursue a totally new field? Depending on your professional career path, advanced education may help you reach your career goals.

Your motivation

Can’t think of what else to do next? Don’t think of graduate school as a way to hide from the job search. You face wasting a lot of resources.

Bernstein suggests giving careful consideration to your decision to pursue graduate school.

“Don’t go if you’re not passionate about something,” she stresses. “Don’t go for the sake of going to graduate school. Go because you’re passionate and you want to develop your skill set in a certain area.”

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Apr 1, 2014
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LinkedIn: Top Five Do’s

Check out this Youtube video for a short list of do’s when it comes to creating your LinkedIn profile by the experts themselves.

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For some more helpful interviews on various jobs, industries, and ideas, check out the videos below:

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Mar 27, 2014
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Landing an Internship Before Declaring a Major: Don’t Get Left Behind

Internships are daunting and intimidating: there’s no question about that. But most college students or graduates will tell you that their internship experience is one of the most valuable aspects of their education. As tedious as the application process can be, by being able to join a community of people who are thriving within the industry that you hope to be in one day can not only give you valuable skills to highlight on your resume, but can also serve as a great source of inspiration.

Many students who have begun the internship search/application process already seem to find that many internships require that students have a declared major in a related field of study. Junior and Seniors, having already declared, might gloss over this knowing that they already fulfill that requirement. Yet what are undeclared and unsure Freshman and Sophomores to do? For them, reading “for ____ majors only” is simply a source of anxiety and stress.

But don’t fear. Don’t give up on your internship search- you have more skills and experience than you even realize!

So what can you do to secure the perfect internship and make the most out of your time off from school?

1. Realize and rely on your own skills, interests, and experiences.

They ARE valuable! What experiences have you had inside of the classroom as well as outside of the classroom? Clubs, sports, leadership positions, volunteer experience, related coursework, business management, etc. These are just a few of the experiences that are essential for a great resume. Think back to the past few years and try to find the most valuable experiences that are most closely related to the internship that you are applying to. If you don’t have enough experience in your field of interest, how can you acquire more? Get involved in your local community and school! Finally, never forget to highlight the various skills you learned while involved in each experience. Here in the Career Development Office we have tons of resources that show you how to identify and describe personal skills and transferable skills that can make you marketable for any employer.

2. Network

At the Career Development Office, we could not stress the art of networking any more than we already do. The age of technology is booming. Between Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, ‘six degrees of separation’ suddenly dwindles as it becomes easier and easier to make connections with people from around the world. While contact with employers and companies always needs to be as professional as possible, a stellar resume and cover letter on hand paired with honed networking skills can lead to immense opportunity. Along with professional connections, don’t forget to utilize family and friends as well. Networking truly is a conversation! It never hearts to say something as simple as, “Anyone know anything about ___ industry? I’d love to make a contact and get more involved!” Making connections through any of these mediums can allow you to make a strong connection with a future employer.

3. Interview like a Pro: Learn the technique, dress the part, make a personal connection

Did you find an internship that you know you would be perfect for, but simply don’t have the vast experience or related major that the company is looking for? Score an interview and you might be able to ease your own fears. When you express confidence in ability and are able to show those incredible transferable skills that you learned from past experiences (being adaptable, determined, diplomatic, loyal, self-motivated, etc.), you can show the competence that you already have and the areas in which you are excited to grow.

Lastly, my own personal piece of advice for interviews is to make a personal connection as quickly as possible. Everyone interviews differently, some are formal and in a Q&A format, some are simple conversations. While you don’t want to go out of your way to keep changing the topic of the interview, being able to make a connection on a deeper level will only help you to stand out from the crowd. Whether it be a love of classical films, that you have lived in the same small town in Mississippi, or that you both were girl scouts, creating a bond is more valuable than people realize.

Finally, good luck! Never give up the search for the perfect internship for you. We know there is a perfect fit for everyone. And as always, if you have any questions or concerns about the internship process, cover letters and resumes, or your job search in general, call or come down to the CDO – 9-5 Monday-Friday.

 

Articles Worth Reading:

5 Ways to Nail a Job Interview: http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/career/5-ways-to-nail-a-job-interview

Applying to Internships, Not a One and Done Deal: http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/career/applying-to-internships-not-a-one-and-done-deal

Universities Re-Write Wikipedia to Fill Holes to Include Women: http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/pulse/universities-re-write-wikipedia-to-fill-holes-include-women

10 Songs We’d Love to Hear On Repeat: http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/pulse/10-songs-wed-love-to-hear-on-repeat-on-college-radio

 

 

Mar 24, 2014
Goucher CDO
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Be featured on the CDO blog!

Tell us about your experience for a chance to be featured on the CDO blog!

The CDO is seeking student stories from influential experiences outside of the classroom. This can be from volunteer opportunities, jobs, conferences, clubs, study abroad, etc.

Briefly describe in 5 lines or less the opportunity you have participated in and why it has been influential for you.
Mar 20, 2014
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Breathe, relax, and destress – We’re Here For You

Spring break is a magical time of the year. Whether the sun is shining or not, spring break allows us all to catch our breath. That being said, the weeks before and after the break can also be some of the most stressful for college students . Final exams, securing internships, trying to write an A+ paper on two hours of sleep, and much more. Here at the Career Development Office we realize that you are all dealing with a lot and thus we seek to provide you with the right resources to help you manage your stress, stay happy, and enjoy the end of the year as much as you can. Take a look at our cumulative list below to see some helpful ways to stay calm during this last push through the end of the year.

  • Remember to stretch and take a walk every once and awhile. Studying as hard as most college students do can not only take a toll on one’s mind, but also on their body. Remember to get up, take a minute to just breathe and stretch your limbs before you get back to the grind.
  • Plan something fantastic for when you are finished! Whether it means a night out with your friends, or a night in with yourself, make sure you reward yourself for all of your effort and hard work. You deserve it!
  • Get outside! Whether you take yourself for a walk along the water or a hike in the mountains, this is a perfect time of the year to enjoy the great outdoors. Fresh air definitely can ease your mind and help you get some perspective on the bigger picture in moments of great stress.
  • Create a new Pandora or 8tracks channel comprised of your favorite holiday music (or whatever you enjoy most). Whether it be chill step or Justin Bieber’s version of “All I Want for Christmas”, let yourself enjoy some music as a nice break from taking notes.
  • Organize yourself and keep up with your professors! Remember that planner that you bought back in August? Drag it out and use it for these few weeks, if not for the rest of the academic year. Keep track of your time and account for breaks without letting yourself get too sidetracked from your studies. Managing your time allows you to manage your stress levels while still maintaining your normal routine and getting enough sleep to function. Also, keep up with your professors and make sure you know what they have planned for the end of the semester. Whether it’s a final essay or final exam, make sure you are aware of the requirements, grading expectation, time frame, and study guides. Most times teachers will provide you with the resources you need to be successful, so make sure to take advantage of them.
  • Don’t be afraid to tell people “no” or “not right now.” You may have friends who don’t have as much homework as you and already enjoying their freedom, or your family is calling you every 5 minutes. Make sure that you’re setting boundaries for these few weeks and don’t feel bad about it. That way you can get your work done and then really feel the gratification of finishing strong.
  • Sleep! Everyone says it, no one does it. Staying up all night creates more problems than benefits. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but you’ll be regretting it the day after. Even if it is only a few hours, allow yourself to get as much sleep as you need so you will perform better throughout the week, instead of just on one assignment.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding internships, resumes or cover letters, graduate school, and much more, please visit us in the Career Development Office in Dorsey Center. We are here to help you in any way we can, and look forward to meeting new Gophers! Look on our website for more of our resources, call to make an appointment, or come in to see us yourself for walk-in hours daily! Remember, we’re also here over winter and we’re more than happy to work with you through phone or skype appointments. Call us at 410-337-6191 or stop by if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Good luck to all Goucher students as you finish the year strong!

Feb 28, 2014
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“Climb to Your Career in Four Years”

Starting to think about your career path? Join us for various events throughout Senior Career Week to learn some great tips and tricks! March 3-7

 

Where will you be in four years? Will you be ready to join the work force?

Maybe you have your future planned: You know what you want to be after graduation and you have an idea of how to get there. Or, maybe you aren’t even sure what you want to major in—never mind know what kind of career you want to have after college.

No matter if you’re decided or unsure—if you’re planning to graduate in four years and find your place in the work force, take steps now to reach your goals. It’s never too early (or too late) to start. But—the earlier you start, the easier it will be to prepare!

First, develop the habit of stopping by the career services office on a regular basis. Check in a few times during your freshman year, more often during your sophomore year, frequently during your junior year, and weekly during your senior year.

Here’s a timeline to guide your progress:

Every fall

  • Make an appointment to talk with a career services counselor.
  • Check your career center’s website for a calendar of dates and times of career development and job-search workshops and seminars, career and job fairs, and company information sessions.
  • Update your resume and have it critiqued and proofread.
  • Join professional associations and become an active member to build a network of colleagues in your field. Find a student version of your professional association and take leadership roles.
  • Subscribe to and read professional journals in your chosen field.

 

Freshman year

Asking questions, exploring your options (up to 30 hours)

  • Schedule an appointment at the career services center to familiarize yourself with the services and resources available.
  • Take interest and career inventory tests at the career services office.
  • Start a career information file or notebook that will include records of your career development and job-search activities for the next four years.
  • Identify at least four skills employers want and plan how you will acquire these skills before graduation. Visit your career center for information on the skills.
  • Scan the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is filled with information on hundreds of occupations. Check out career-search books in the career center library.
  • Familiarize yourself with your university’s career center home page—a good source of tips and articles to help with your job search.
  • Take a resume writing class and explore other career planning workshops. Write your first resume.
  • Attend on-campus career and job fairs to gather information on potential careers and employers.
  • Explore your interests, abilities, and skills through required academics.
  • Talk to faculty, alumni, advisers, and career counselors about possible majors and careers.
  • Join university organizations that will offer you leadership roles in the future.
  • Collect information on cooperative education programs, internships, and summer jobs available through the career services office.
  • Consider volunteer positions to help build your resume.

 

Sophomore year

Researching options/testing paths (up to 60 hours)

  • Schedule an appointment with a career services counselor to bring yourself up-to-date on what’s needed in your career file.
  • Update your resume (with your summer activities) and have it critiqued in the career services office.
  • Begin a cooperative education program or consider internship, summer, and school-break job opportunities that relate to your interests.
  • Read at least one book on career planning recommended by career services staff.
  • Explore at least three career options available to you through your major.
  • Take a cover-letter writing workshop.
  • Review your progress in learning four (or more) skills employers look for in new hires.
  • Research various occupations in the Occupational Outlook Handbook  and materials in the career center library.
  • Attend on-campus career and job fairs and employer information sessions relating to your interests.
  • Identify organizations and associations in your interest areas for shadowing opportunities and informational interviews.
  • Join at least one professional or honorary organization related to your major to make contact with people in the professional world.
  • Work toward one leadership position in a university club or activity.
  • Begin to collect recommendations from previous and current employers.
  • Put together an interview outfit.

 

Junior year

Making decisions/plotting directions (up to 100 hours)

  • Schedule an appointment with a career services counselor to have your updated resume critiqued.
  • Narrow your career interests.
  • Review your participation in a co-op program or explore internship opportunities with a career services professional.
  • Participate in interviewing, cover-letter writing, and other job-search workshops.
  • Practice your skills at mock interviews.
  • Review your progress in learning four (or more) skills employers look for in new hires.
  • Attend on-campus career and job fairs and employer information sessions that relate to your interests.
  • Take leadership positions in clubs and organizations.
  • Consider graduate school and get information on graduate entrance examinations.
  • Ask former employers and professors to serve as references or to write recommendations to future employers.
  • Complete at least five informational interviews in careers you want to explore.
  • Shadow several professionals in your field.
  • Research potential employers in the career library and talk to recent graduates in your major about the job market and potential employers.
  • Start your professional wardrobe.

 

Senior year

Searching, interviewing, accepting, success!

  • Update your resume and visit the career services office to have it critiqued.
  • Get your copy of the career center’s calendar and register for on-campus interviews. Also schedule off-campus interviews.
  • Develop an employer prospect list with contact names and addresses from organizations you are interested in pursuing.
  • Gather information on realistic salary expectations. Your career services office will be able to help.
  • Attend local association meetings to meet potential employers.
  • Draft a cover letter that can be adapted for a variety of employers and have it critiqued.
  • Participate in interviewing workshops and practice interviews.
  • Read two or more professional or trade publications from your major and career field on a regular basis.
  • If you are planning to go to graduate school, take graduate school entrance exams and complete applications.
  • Follow up on all applications and keep a record of the status of each.
  • Go on second interviews. Evaluate job offers and accept one.
  • Report all job offers and your acceptance to the career services office.

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Feb 28, 2014
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What Not to Wear: Men’s Interview Edition

Learn more about interviewing and other job search skills throughout Senior Career Week, March 3-7!

Congrats! You’ve landed an interview! You have well-prepared yourself for the possible questions and have updated your resume so it’ll stand out. But now comes the difficult part, choosing what to wear. By now you have probably heard of the terms “business professional” or “interview attire” but do you really know what that is? Luckily, we are here to help! Follow our list of dos and don’ts for proper “interview attire” and you will be looking excellent on your big day!

DO: You can never go wrong with a 2-piece suit! Make sure your suit is neatly pressed and fits appropriately to you.  Make sure the color of the jacket and pant matches, it’s safe to stick with the darker colors such as navy or dark grey. You under shirt should be neatly ironed as well, a long-sleeve button up and in a shade that is lighter than the suit but still matches and fits appropriately.

DON’T: Wearing jeans, shorts or other non-formal pants is never okay. Also t-shirts, hoodies, v-necks or other more causal shirts are not okay. Even the more casual dress shirts should only be worn if you know in advanced that the interviewer is looking for a more “business casual” look.

DO: Limit the jewelry to a watch and maybe a ring (wedding rings are okay). Also make sure you wear a belt that is in a color that looks good with the color of your suit.

DON’T: Wear any sort of gaudy necklace or gold chains, belt buckles the size of Texas, or watches that are bigger than your hand. You want your jewelry to compliment your suit, not take the focus away from it.

DO: Always compliment your suit with a tie. Depending on the company you are interviewing for you may choose to wear a bow tie or a neck tie. Make sure the colors and patterns of the tie are appropriate and match the suit and shirt you are wearing. A nice tie can be the perfect finishing touch to a nice suit.

DON’T: Never go without a tie. Do not unbutton your shirt or casual drape a tie around your neck. Try to avoid the ties with crazy neon colors and patterns that are blinding. Feel free to look at others in the company you are interviewing for to see what they wear.

DO: Focus on you shoes is just as important as focus on your suit. Your shoe needs to be the right color as well as fit and shape to compliment the suit. A good pair of dress shoes is a great investment. You socks should also be an appropriate color, darks are always a safe choice.

DON’T: Flip-flops are not okay. Sneakers are not okay. Sandals are not okay. Neon yellow ankle socks are not okay. You should never be wearing a casual pair of shoes with a business suit.

DO: Invest in a good haircut before your interview. Make sure you are clean shaven or trimmed and your hands are presentable.

DON’T: Showing up looking shaggy will not create a good first impression. Your interviewer should not feel the need to wash is hands after shaking yours and you should not look like you’ve been living in the woods for the last 10 years.

REMEMBER, clean hygiene is extremely important. Don’t forget to brush you teeth, put on deodorant, or be well washed when it comes time for your interview. When you step foot into that office and shake hands with your interviewer, you want them to be thinking, “He looks very professional.” Although it’s not the focus of your interview, your outfit can make or break you chance at the job. Always try your best and put effort into your look and that effort will show.

 

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