Penn Foster News | January 2009

Dressing for Job Interview SUCCESS

According to Peter Vogel, MonsterTrac Career Coach, “There’s no getting around it: In every job interview you’re going to be judged — at least partially — by how you look. But how you should look varies depending on your industry and the job you’re interviewing for.” Following are suggestions for interview attire for your career.

Technology Job — A collared shirt and khakis or slacks for both men and women. No suit needed. That is, unless it is a higher-level technical job. Then, according to David Perry managing director for an Ottawa based high-tech recruiting firm and author of Career Guide for the High-Tech Professional, “You dress in the best clothes you have.”

Finance — Full business professional attire is required and expected without a hair out of place. “Nothing is more precise and exact than managing money,” says Pamela Holland, coauthor of “Help! Was That a Career Limiting Move?”

Government — Holland says, “This is a time to show you’re responsible, trustworthy, and honest…don’t be flashy.”

Automotive — “Here’s an exception where a potential employer will understand if you have a little dirt or grease under your nails,” says Holland. “You still want to look as neat as possible, but a suit is probably not necessary.”

Hospitality — "Image is particularly critical in the hospitality industry," says Carol Martin, author of Boost Your Interview IQ. “You’re representing the company and you may be the first person seen,” she says.

Trades— Career coach John Coffey, who once worked as a factory production manager, says about business casual, “For men, this might be a nice pair of Dockers and a buttoned shirt, along with well-kept and polished shoes. The same goes for women — nice slacks and a professional business top.”

If you are not sure, call the company or agency and ask. It is vital to make a good first impression. Please read the entire article: Dressing for the Interview by Industry.

Source Dressing for the Interview by Industry; Peter Vogt