How to get a job with your professional look
Since I have been on the job market myself for the past couple of months, I decided to update this blog with tips on how to convey a strong competent professional image in your interview.
Firstly, you should have a resume that strongly portrays your strengths, highlights relevant work experience and showcases interpersonal skills. The goal is to have an employer invite you for an interview on first glances. An employer may require hard copies of your resume, keep those handy.
It is appropriate to keep your look conservative. Conventional black dress pants, white dress shirts and a proper tastefully coordinated black tie is standard. Any variation should be minimal. You may pair up a black or navy suit with a slight sheen or tone on tone with a white, cream or pale blue shirt preferably with French cuffs. Well shined black dress shoes with coordinated black leather belt. Wingtip or Oxford shoes are preferable.
Keep colognes to a light whiff. Your interviewer should not be discomforted by your cologne. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for men and Eternity Aqua by Calvin Klein are suitable light airy fragrances.
Your interviewer should pay attention to you and not your ensemble. Do not distract your interviewer with fancy colored notebooks and binders. Do not wear backpacks, it is very unprofessional and uncouth, especially for a student. Bring a leather binder or briefcase. Keep your attire simple, nice and not overly ornate.
Do not wear colored sports coat, you are heading for a job interview not a fashion show.