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Dress to Impress, show you care

Wear the right clothes to make a solid first impression

By Jennae Jungers
On March 9, 2016

Understanding how to dress appropriately for a job interview is important. Students typically spend countless hours polishing their resumes and sending applications but sometimes overlook the importance of what to wear once they land an interview.

nail polish, if any. He also stated if an applicant shows up with visibly dirty attire that doesn’t fit appropriately, for instance a shirt three times too large, a dress that pools on the floor or shorts, it turns an interviewer away from the applicant.

The worst items applicants could wear to an interview are noncomplimentary accessories such as sunglasses and gaudy jewelry, stated Schooley.

He explained that in one interview he conducted in the past the interviewee showed up in a camisole with cut off shorts, which he said was inappropriate attire.

When asked what applicants should wear to an interview, Abigail Ritter, dental hygiene, stated, “I would wear dress pants, a blazor and a white button up. Not over the top.”

Nursing student Jasmine Reuter agreed she would also wear dress clothes. “Black pants, black shoes and a really nice shirt with my hair down and out of my face,” she said.

The ideal attire would be someone who is dressed in business casual attire, church clothes or dress slacks, a button-up dress shirt and a tie, said Schooley.

However, there is such a thing as over-kill for an entry level position, he stated. A three- piece suit would be inappropriate for most jobs, though if it were for a supervisor position there is no over-dressing. Too much cologne or perfume can be overbearing as well, Schooley stated.

“The goal with attire is to match the position but not that your attire is distracting the interviewer from what you are trying to say. Give a subtle idea you pay attention to detail and care about the job”, said Schooley.

Brian Schooley, front office manager at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, said, “Professionalism can be summed up by thinking the part, dressing the part and talking the part for your customer, giving you the ability to connect with your customer.”

According to career-advice. monster.com applicants should dress one or two levels higher than the job for which they are applying.

Schooley said an applicant stands out more when they are neatly dressed with an appropriate hair-do, facial hair is groomed and they have complimentary 

“The goal with attire is to match the position, but not that your attire is distracting the inter- viewer from what you are trying to say. Give a subtle idea you pay attention to detail and care about the job.”

-Brian Schooley The Hotel

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