So you’ve got the interpersonal skills down, you’re willing to kick your work ethic into high gear, you landed the interview, now what are you going to wear?
The Suit: Go classic, not trendy. Exception to the rule, cosmetology grads should definitely dress to the 9s in the latest trends. Do research on the company, don’t go in blind. Can’t afford the perfect interview suit? Check out Suit Yourself, in Pittsfield MA which offers suits, and better yet, fashion advice for those ready for job interviews. Also a quick side note, for women that wear a suit with a skirt the overwhelming vote is YES wear pantyhose.
The Shirt: For the guys, choose a conservative button down shirt and tie, yes, you have to wear a tie. And flannel doesn’t count as a button down. Ladies, do not show your cleavage. Please! Save that for clubbing. If you are wearing a classic suit, you shouldn’t have to worry about your bra straps showing, but for cosmetology students, if you go trendy, do the shake test with your outfit to make sure your undergarments don’t slip into view. Don’t forget to check your waistline in the back!
Grooming: For guys, please shave or trim that beard and get a haircut! The objective is neat and tidy. If you don’t take time to practice basic hygiene, what are you going to do with my TPS reports? Also cut your fingernails and scrub your hands clean, no dirt under those fingernails please! Ladies, 80’s big hair is out. There, I said it. If you want to keep the hair big and fluffy for your personal life, put it up in a bun. Again the goal is neat and tidy.
Portfolio: Don’t bring it in a manila folder, notebook or other halfhearted attempt at assembly. I want to see something you take pride in, with beautiful organization. Yes, how you organize your portfolio will tell if you have those organizational skills I want.
Makeup: Go conservative. Again, Cos grads are always the exception to the rule. For business and medical fields, a little goes a long way. Use daytime eyeshadow, maybe a little lipstick and you’re good. Be cautious with mascara, if you tend to touch your eyes or you could sweat, it may run. Yuck! Oh and lay off the glitter! Also, If you can cover your tattoos, give it your best try. You may love them, but it’s the hiring manager’s opinion that counts.
Shoes: This is tricky for women, for guys it’s easy: don’t wear white socks or sneakers, make sure that your shoes are polished and don’t have holes in them. For women, flats or pumps with a reasonably low heel. Don’t go for the stilettos, shoes with lots of bling, sneakers, flip-flops, or Uggs.
Perfume: If your interviewer has to hit her inhaler because of the perfume you over-used to cover up the smoke smell, that’s a bad sign. This may sound weird, but have a friend smell you. Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to smell yourself if you are used to it!
And one final word of advice, do a test run in your outfit. Sit down, stand up, bend over and make sure everything stays where it should. If you still aren’t comfortable or confident, come on in to the Office of Career Services at Mildred Elley. They are the experts and can help you get that job!