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Dec122013

Style Tips for the Job Interview

Dress down Friday for charity turned into dress down Friday, which turned into dress down every day. At Walmart, that became dress like a deviant for a moment of YouTube stardom. The Google culture brought more to us than just cool technology and directed advertising based on our last click. It brought to us a practice of assuming that dressing down works anywhere, anytime.

A job interview begins with a first impression that is created by your facial expression, mannerisms and what you wear. Whether we believe that is fair or unfair doesn't matter. It's just how it is, so get over it and get on with it. To help us get on with making a great impression, in this guest post, Rachael Strong of StyleRefresh.ca gives us some tips for the job interview.

You have secured the job interview.  Good for you!

Now it is time to get prepared.

Clearly, there are a number of factors that contribute to a successful job interview, appearance being just one of them.  But whether any of us likes it or not, first impressions matter.  And first impressions have a lot to do with appearance.

These three tips will go a long way in helping you make a good first impression:

Tip #1:  Research

Yes, you read that correctly.  I said research.  In all likelihood, you have already researched the industry, the employer and issues related to the job description.  Now it is time to research how people dress.

Know your industry.  Lawyers working in large law firms in Toronto dress differently from IT professionals working in the federal public service in Ottawa.  Dress similarly but slightly better and more conservatively than you would on the job.

Tip #2:  Personal Grooming

Remember the following and you will be fine:  hair, hands, feet, face and fit.

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Now the rest is up to you to make a great first impression that leads to a lasting business relationship.

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