I create opportunities. –Bruce Lee
Friday. September 8th. 3 PM. After celebrating Labor Day weekend days earlier, I as well as many of my co-workers were informed the business we put our labor into was closing its doors. The decision put all of us in a very uncompromising position. I have read these stories over the years and felt empathy for those who were unwilling placed in the personnel surplus reduction program. Now, 700 + of us were being transitioned out of our positions permanently. What made it worse? It’s right before the holidays. So thankful. Ho-Ho-Ho.
I feel it’s a fitting segue for how to dress for a job interview, agree?
After dedicating well over eight thousand days of my life to one place (yes, I am loyal), it was time to search for a new place of employment. I created my resume, had it looked over, created a LinkedIn account and signed up on Indeed as well as Glassdoor. I uploaded the resume and began searching. Winter is coming . . .
I was never concerned about how I was going to dress for potential interviews. I was worried about the interview process. This is uncharted waters for me and my confidence was somewhat in question. I was afraid of the uncertain. Fear is considered a weakness. It isn’t. As long as one is at peace with it, you can use it to your advantage. But I digress. As of this blogging, I have already engaged in one face-to-face interview (thanks to a good phone interview) with another 2 in waiting. I have been out of the employment search loop because of my time invested in place, so I was unaware of the phone interview. Good phone interviews as well as the body of work your resume presents, will lead to on-site interviews and this is wear where the focus will be centered on.
If you have been following this blog, you are more than aware of the importance of dressing well with a economical twist. The dichotomy I spoke of in the introduction of this blog, First Impressions needs to be reconciled by all of us individually. No one knows your capabilities better than you but one cannot go to an interview dressing as if it’s the weekend BBQ. Always bring your A game. That A game means a suit. A grey or navy blue suit is best with a standard white dress shirt, matching shoes, belt and watch band. If you choose to wear a pocket square, go with the timeless and simple white one. The tie you choose should be simple and effective. Choose your colors wisely and keep the patterns to a minimum. Your job is to sell your self and the book cover must be presentable! In our society, appearances are rather important when it comes to securing a job. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. I will advise against being too showing with jewellry, and cologne. A minimalist watch is most effective and a light touch of cologne.
I don’t feel it is necessary to expound on the obvious such as making sure you shine your shoes, shave or trim your facial hair, make sure your shirt is ironed or pressed, brush your teeth, train, say your prayers, take your vitamins . . . wait a minute! I apologize for getting carried away!
Be confident in presenting your story to a potential employer. There are plenty resources of on-line to crash course before your big interview. At the end of the day, whatever the circumstance may be, see it as an opportunity. Until next time, jal ga!
*Featured picture: Shoes by Banana Republic, tie by Tasso Elba, belt by Croft & Barrow, watch by Timex,
*Supplemental picture: Suit by Alfani Red, shirt by Alfani