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Trying to look professional during warmer weather can be tricky, but even more so if it’s your first time meeting someone on a job interview. How do you impress a prospective boss, yet be comfortable at the same time in the heat?
For some tips, we turned to Vicky Oliver, career expert and author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions
for some fashion DON’TS for your hot weather job interview.
Here’s what she advises not to do:
1. Don’t show too much skin. “We’re tempted in the summer months to wear skimpy tank tops, sheer blouses with a camisole underneath, or short, short hemlines. For guys, it’s t-shirts, wifebeaters, and shorts. No one wants to see your cleavage, too much leg, too much arm muscle, or heaven forbid, your midriff. Dress as if you’re visiting a very fashion-conscious monastery.”
2. Don’t sweat it. “If it’s near 100-degrees outside and you have to walk more than a block to get to your interview, keep a handkerchief handy to dab under your arms so you don’t show up at the office with giant sweat rings. Dry off your face, neck, and hands before you step into the elevator, and stash the hanky. Showing up sweaty makes you look unkempt or extremely nervous.”
3. Don’t expose your toes. “Wearing Birkenstocks or other open-toed sandals shows disrespect for the corporate culture. You don’t even work there and already you’re in rebellion! Also, showing your toes just gives too much information — from the colour of your nail polish or lack of it, to the condition of your nails.”
4. Don’t flaunt your tats. “Whether it’s in your decolletage or around your ankle, choose clothing that covers your tattoo. While you’re at it, take out your eyebrow, nose, and lip rings. Once you’ve gotten the job and they’ve discovered you’re a genius, well then, OK, go ahead and reveal your personal adornments.”
5. Don’t look like you’re going to the beach. “A job interview is not the time for a Hawaiian shirt. Nor is it the right time for donning sunglasses or a baseball cap indoors. Guys, button up your shirt, please — this isn’t the Jersey Shore. It seems silly to have to mention these items, but young employees sometimes forget that they aren’t on the campus quad anymore. “
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