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Job Hunting in Liverpool NY


How to Dress for your Job Interview

A job interview outfit gives off a good impression precisely because it is difficult to look nice in those clothes without planning. Giive yourself plenty of time to get your wardrobe together. Blazers need dry cleaning, pants need ironing, shoes need polishing, and delicate garments can't just get thrown in with the rest of the laundry and blasted on high heat. If you have your outfit from that one interview a few years ago, don't assume it's going to fit you as well as you remember.

Whatever your gender or personal style, you should...

  • Avoid clothing that is wrinkled, ripped, stained, faded, revealing, or risque.
  • Avoid clothes with brand logos and slogans.
  • Favor neutral colors like black, navy, brown, grey, and white.
  • Pick clothes that fit properly. It should be neither too loose nor too tight.
  • Practice moving, standing, and sitting in your outfit to make sure you're comfortable.
  • Be careful with patterns. Solid colors are the safest bet, followed by checked and striped patterns.
  • Be conservative with jewelry, watches, and other accessories.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that match your outfit.
  • Keep your haircut, fingernails, and facial hair neat.

For a more in-depth tips on job interview attire, check out these guides:

How to Prepare for a Remote Interview

Since the Pandemic, the ability to effectively use video communication tools like Zoom, Webex, Skype, and Microsoft teams has practically become mandatory - not just for applications, but for everyday work. You should be ready for the possibility that you'll be interviewed remotely, and you don't want to be left scrambling for a camera and microphone at the last minute. Take the time now to figure out your plan of attack. You need a device that can use these apps, ideally one that stands on its own like a laptop or a tablet with a stand, so that your screen isn't swaying as you try to hold a selfie pose for half an hour with your phone. You want a private, well-lit place with no noise interruptions, and you will need to test your microphone to ensure that the interviewers don't have to strain to hear you.

  • GCF Learnfree features a great beginner's tutorial on Zoom here. There is also one covering Skype.
  • For Microsoft Teams, try LinkedIn Learning's Microsoft Teams Essentials. They also cover Webex, another popular teleconferencing platform.