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Dressing for Success J ob interviews P roper work place attire a MAP/ACE event. People make assessments and judgments about you based on how you look and what you are wearing. Your level of professionalism Your level of sophistication Your intelligence Your credibility.

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Dressing for SuccessJob interviewsProper work place attirea MAP/ACE event


  • People make assessments and judgments about you based on how you look and what you are wearing.

  • Your level of professionalism

  • Your level of sophistication

  • Your intelligence

  • Your credibility


First impressions count!!!

  • People draw conclusions about you from the moment you make your first entrance and they seldom change their minds. They size you up in an instant, and whether they decided to “write you off” or conclude that you are “okay” and worth getting to know better, they rarely questiontheir snap judgments. It may not be fair (or what you want to hear), but if there is a choice between two comparably qualified people, the one who makes a better first impression will be chosen.


What to wear in order to make a positive first impression.


Interview Attire for Women

*Blue, grey orblacksuit

*Skirt should be at or below the knee

*White or cream

colored blouse

*Hose

flesh colored

*Moderate to low heels (no stilettos, mules, or open toe)


Minimal jewelry

Conservative hairstyle

Leather portfolio too include resume, or other material pertinent to your interview

Interview Attire for Women cont.


Blue, grey, or black suit

White shirt

Conservative Tie

Dark conservative shoes (shined)

Leather portfolio

Interview Attire for Men


Jewelry- watch, small link bracelet

No Earrings

Interview Attire for Men cont.


90% of the decisions on who to hire are made within the first 2 minutes of meeting a candidate.


What can you do to avoid being eliminated within the first 2minutes?

  • Since outer appearance is critical to the first 2 minutes, here are some pitfalls you can avoid……………………….

  • Visible tattoos

  • Visible body piercing (tongue, eyebrows, nose, lips, etc.)

  • Flamboyant hairstyles (gentlemen braids?)

  • Overpowering fragrances

  • Flashy jewelry

  • Answering your cell phone

  • Ill fitting clothing- too big/too tight


What can you do to avoid being eliminated within the first 2minutes? Cont.

  • Being late

  • Not making eye contact

  • Chewing gum

  • Speaking to loudly or to low

  • Referring to the interviewer by the incorrect name

  • Using slang


What does business casual mean??????????


Very ambiguous if not properly defined!


The Cons of a Business Casual Dress Code

In the late 90’s a survey was conducted amongst Fortune 500 companies regarding the impact of the Business Casual Dress Code within the workplace.


the Results……

  • Decrease in productivity and overall quality of work

  • Increased tardiness, absenteeism, and early departures

  • A decrease in polite, mannerly behavior

  • A decrease in commitment and company loyalty


If your organization does not specifically define “Business Casual” never wear the following:

  • Athletic shoes, Hiking boots or Flip Flops

  • After 5 attire

  • Hats

  • Scarves or Doo-rags

  • Jeans or shorts

  • T-shirts with provocative or suggestive writing

  • Cut off, tube, or halter tops


Typical business attire includes:

  • Khaki pants/skirt

  • Polo shirts (tucked in) *Men*

  • Minimal jewelry

  • Blouses or shirts should have minimal cleavage

  • Proper undergarments


A few common sense rules…

  • Clothes should always be neatly pressed/ironed

  • Wear clothes that fit

  • Avoid hair styles that require constant adjustments

  • Always, always, dress to impress the TARGET AUDIENCE


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