How to Dress for a Job Fair and Employment Agency Interview

| October 2, 2012

dressing for job interviewDressing for a job fair or employment agency interview means dressing for success. Such opportunities aren’t only for you to see what jobs are out there. It’s also a chance to impress potential employers and recruiters with what you have to offer. Even if you don’t get the job this time, making a good impression will help you when there’s another job opening. Continue reading to get some tips, and don’t forget to check out DexKnows employment services.

Dress Up, Not Down

An interview expert told job search board Monster.com that he had interviewed more than 40 job fair recruiters. What he said was that the job seekers who dressed extremely casual came across as unprepared, less educated and less qualified. Those who dressed better were regarded as being more intelligent, better educated and more responsible.

It is better to overdress than underdress. You have a very short time in which to make a good first impression. You want your clothes to say “respect,” and you want to dress professionally for every job interview, even if the employer has a casual dress policy. There’s will be time to dress casually after you get the job.

Jeans, sweatpants, T-shirts, shorts and mini-skirts all fit in the “don’t wear” category. For most jobs, try to cover tattoos and piercings (unless interviewing at a tattoo parlor, of course). Keep the makeup, perfume or cologne at a minimum. Same goes for jewelry.

NBC’s “Today Show,” in a story based around dressing for success in an interview, suggests going for the conservative look with “simple, understated styles and colors” like blues and grays.

Tips for men

Wear a suit that is a dark, neutral color with a white or blue dress shirt and a silk tie, suggests the website WetFeet. Wear natural fabrics such as wool and cotton.

The University of South Florida Career Center suggests a matching two-piece solid or pin-striped suit that is in dark colors such as navy blue or gray. Wear a tie without bold prints or patterns, and keep to a white or light-colored shirt.

Shoes should be polished and professional looking but comfortable enough in case you have to be on your feet for a while. Make sure to wear dress socks.

Tips for women

Female job seekers, advises the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Career Development Center, may want to wear a suit with either a skirt or pants. The blouse should complement the suit and have a neckline that’s no lower than a collarbone. Hems of the skirt, the center suggests, shouldn’t be more than 2 inches above the knee.

WetFeet sticks with the same advice. Wear a neutral color such as black, navy blue or gray. The University of South Florida Career Center suggests a shirt with a collar or tailored blouse that is white or light in color.

Shoes should be dark leather or have the appearance of leather. Keep heels no more than 1 to 2 inches.

Keeping these tips in mind should help you dress for success when searching for a job. When looking, head over to DexKnows employment services to find local jobs.

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