ALC Consulting

June 18, 2009

Interviewing—What Not To Wear


In case you haven’t heard, when you get to the point that you have landed an interview, you have a good chance of getting the job. Since your résumé has presented you well, and you meet enough of the requirements, the company would now like to see if you will fit in. This decision may be made in less than four minutes.

How much information can you communicate in four minutes? Not a lot. So much of their decision is made based on non-verbal cues. What you wear, how you present yourself, how you introduce yourself, all influence that decision. As my friend Rich Kolikof, from the Winthrop Research Group, states, “There is always an emotional element to hiring decisions.”

Piercings and Tattoos

I know that you feel that you are yourself and people should accept you for who you are. But many people are offended by multiple piercings and tattoos. One or two earrings are fine, but leave the bolt in your tongue, your two nose rings, lip and eyebrow rings at home. Cover your tattoos with sleeves. If you look anything like these two photos, make the appropriate adjustments. Just follow the instructions below.

Cover those Tattoos!

Take it out!

Get rid of the casual clothes that make you look as if you are headed to the beach, or anywhere but the office.

Leave these home!

Cover your shoulders!

No dumb T-shirts!

Ditch the torn jeans!


Try for a more professional look. It does not matter how casual the office is, you are the newcomer here. Take your cue from this collage of tastefully dressed ladies.(Just kidding!)

One city went so far as to make it law. Check out this link.

Next: Interview questions


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