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  1. The Interview Making the Right Impression Sources: Peopleware by DeMarco & Lister J. Michael Farr, JIST Judith Rasband, Conselle Institute of Image ManagementBYU-Idaho Internship & Career Services Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  2. What Do Employers Want to Know? • Can you do the job? • skills & abilities • Will you do the job? • desire & motivation • Do you “fit in”? • personality Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  3. What Influences Employers Most? Answer: Appearance Appearance Response Experience Miscellaneous J. Michael Farr, JIST Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  4. Why Does Appearance Matter? • It affects the way you think. • It affects the way you feel. • It affects the way you behave. • It affects the way others respond to you. Judith Rasband, Conselle Institute of Image Management Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  5. Why Does Appearance Matter? • Remember what employers are asking: • Can you do the job? • Will you do the job? • Do you fit in? • It really does communicate your ability, motivation and personality! Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  6. Guideline #1: A Step Above What you wear to the interview should be a step above the normal work dress. Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  7. QUIZ: Which of these men are dressed appropriately for a business interview? Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  8. Answer: #4 Why? • Solid, dark, conservative suit. • Simple-patterned tie. • Button-down dress shirt. • Short, neat hair. Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  9. QUIZ: Which of these women are dressed appropriately for a business interview? Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  10. Answer: #1 and #5 Why? • Solid, conservative suit. • Neat, professional hairstyle. • Limited jewelry. • Coordinated blouse. • Modest. Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  11. Guideline #2: Avoid Extremes • Employers assume that the image you present during the interview is what you will present to clients. • Make employers feel confident that you will represent their business well. Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  12. Example #1: Avoid Extremes • You want the focus to be on you, not the makeup. Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  13. Example #2: Avoid Extremes • You want the focus to be on you, not the jewelry. Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  14. Example #3: Avoid Extremes • Make sure your hair is simple, professional, and out of your face. Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  15. What Men Should Wear to a Business Interview No Yes • Overly bright or large-patterned clothing. • Short-sleeved shirts – especially with a necktie. • Unshaven or scruffy hair. • Scuffed, light, or casual shoes. • Light color socks. • Backpack or fanny pack. • Dirty fingernails. • Strong aftershave or cologne. • Solid color, conservative suit. • Necktie with a simple pattern, and a color that matches the suit. • Button-down dress shirt. • Fresh haircut and shave. • Polished, dark dress shoes. • Dark color socks. • Briefcase or portfolio. • Clean, trimmed fingernails. • Minimal cologne. BYU-Idaho Internship & Career Services Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  16. What Women Should Wear to a Business Interview No Yes • Denim, corduroy, or cargo-style material. • The “t-shirt” look. • High-fashion shoes (e.g., stilettos). • Excessive jewelry. • Extreme hairstyles. • Heavy makeup or perfume. • Fishnet or patterned hosiery. • Dirty nails or chipped polish. • Backpacks. • Solid color, conservative suit with a coordinated blouse –OR – nice skirt with a collared blouse. • Moderate shoes. • Limited jewelry. • Neat, professional hairstyle. • Minimal makeup and perfume. • Solid color hosiery (e.g., tan). • Manicured nails. • Portfolio or briefcase. BYU-Idaho Internship & Career Services Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  17. What About More Casual Environments? A business suit, or necktie is not always appropriate. Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  18. Casual Environment: Scenario #1 Susan is interviewing for a job as a fitness instructor. The normal work dress is yoga pants, t-shirt, and tennis shoes. Question: What should she wear to the interview? Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  19. Casual Environment: Scenario #1 Answer: Susan is dressed “a step above”, but not overdressed for the interview. Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  20. Casual Environment: Scenario #2 Bill is interviewing for a job as an inner-city social worker. The normal work dress is blue jeans and a t-shirt. Question: What should he wear to the interview? Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  21. Casual Environment: Scenario #2 Answer: Bill is neat, clean, and professional, but his attire still makes him approachable by Social Services’ clients. Terri Fisher 10/2/2009

  22. Summary • Remember what employers are asking: • Can you do the job? • Will you do the job? • Do you fit in? • Your appearance provides nearly half of the answer to those questions! • Dress “a step above.” • Avoid extremes. Terri Fisher 10/2/2009