And the references to "statement necklaces" remind me of Madeleine Albright's "pin diplomacy." Albright wore jewelry pins that were relevant to the politics of the meetings she went to; job seekers could wear pins or tie clips relevant to the type of work they do or to what the company they're applying to does. For example, I'm an editor, & I sometimes wear a stickpin shaped like the nib of a pen, complete w/"ink" on the point. Another reason not to dress too casually for an interview!
Did anyone ask AOL who their advertisers, clients, or business partners are before doing this piece? Hearing Ms. Cristobal recommend Gap and J. Crew clothing felt like product placement. I couldn't dig up anything specific on the companies' relationships. But there is a feature on J. Crew on the StyleList homepage (which I'm sure is a paid spot), and J. Crew sells on AOL Shopping, which is reason enough to cry foul. Recently, there have been a few pieces on WNYC about the TV pundits, and their undisclosed financial interests. Isn't this similar?
Since I am the one that set off this conversation (thanks Brian). Trust me, when all these guys and girls look back at photos of themselves in today's casual dress, I believe they will feel the same as I do looking back to my prom night outfit.
Is it ok to wear lilac nail polish to an interview at management level?
Hope you're still taking comments here--I'm not on Facebook.
I'm a freelancer who sometimes goes in to work in a client's office without having had an in-person interview. I finally started just asking ahead of time what the level of dress was in the office (also the temperature!) so I'd have some idea how to dress. For most interviews, though, it's probably a good idea to dress a little higher than that level. One tip: you can wear a jacket over something more casual so you have the option of taking it off if it make you overdressed.
As for shoes, I'm all for sneakers. If a place isn't casual enough for that, you can always bring some nicer shoes & change when you get there.
Great advice and good questions here--thanks! We're moving them to our Facebook page so others can jump in on the conversation. Feel free to join us.
"Dress poorly and people notice the dress. Dress well and people notice the woman." Coco Chanel. Words to live by. As a marketing communications professional who has coached a lot of people for TV interviews - first rule is never wear anything that detracts from YOU.
google it !
Brian, did you REALLY just say you looked in the mirror and felt GOWTCH? (GOWCH?) Were you serious? Please say it was was a joke. Jane
I began working for a technology company recently. My first day of work, I wore a suit while majority of people in the office were in T-shirts and sneakers. I was so over dressed- I felt like a freak. I must say, I have been wearing sneakers and causal cloths almost everyday at wrok and it feels great.
Can you post a picture of a statement necklace?
What about keeping my gray hair? Increasingly, my prospective employers will be younger than I am. Let's say I'm going for a mid-level job. I don't mind being a chameleon but my comfort zone is _not_ to fake my age.
Make sure you don't over do the perfume. We didn't hire an applicant because she knocked us over.
Men's shoes should be shined!
What about small private companies, that are not branded or branded well? A company that you can not google. Should you go traditional?
Here, when I interview people I only ask them math questions... The idea that how you dress matters is gone, at least here.
Either you remember what you studied in college or you don't.
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