The interview process can be stressful for those who don't know what to expect, but feeling confident is essential to leaving a good impression. Lucky for you, Goodwill not only has the insights and resources to help you, but also the thrift stores where you can find to wear on the day of your interview! Follow these tips for professional dress on your big day, and you're sure to feel great during the interview process, and move one step closer to your professional goals.
Whether you like it or not, your appearance is the first thing people notice about you. In fact, research suggests that others start to form opinions based on the way you look within 30 seconds of first meeting you. That's not a lot of time! Make sure hiring managers are able to visualize you in the role you are applying for by dressing the part at your interview. Visit one of our Goodwill store locations and find an outfit that is appropriate, professional, and most importantly, comfortable. If you're uncomfortable in your outfit, your body language and confidence will suffer, which also impacts the impression you leave with your potential employer. The same goes for shoes. Find something work appropriate that you can easily walk in. Remember, you don't have to spend a fortune! Just stick with something conservative and professional. And to save even more, shop at a Goodwill store on a Monday for 25% off your entire purchase!
Keep It Simple
In addition to comfort and simple styling, make sure your power outfit is clean and ready to go the morning of your interview. Pay special attention to the accessories you are pairing with it. Keep jewelry minimal and simple- nothing too flashy, distracting, or large. The idea is to communicate that you will be a good fit within the company's culture, so researching the environment you may be working in is a good idea to help you select the right accessories. Keep fragrances to a minimum, too. Lots of people suffer from allergies to perfumes, and that is certainly not how you want to be remembered!
Pay as much attention to your general grooming as you do to the outfit you select. Make sure your hair and nails are smooth and polished, and of course, enter and leave your interview with a big smile! Goodwill has developed a number of programs to help our New Mexicans secure a better future through employment. Take advantage of the resources available to you through Goodwill and you'll secure an interview in no time!
About The Author
Maggie Grimason is a blog writer living in Albuquerque, NM. She grew up in a family of social servants and teachers in northern Indiana and finds that blogging for Goodwill Industries of New Mexico satisfies creative energies as well as her commitment to ethical living and community service.