What NOT to Wear to an Interview
Please, tell me the truth. Is it me or am I imagining this? Are candidates for jobs looking less and less professional? I feel old just for noticing but recent summer internship candidates - college students - have looked, well, scruffy. One candidate's dark slacks were smudged and her hair wasn't combed. Another had on such a tight shirt (on a not-so-svelte body) I was concerned for the buttons. In addition, her too tight shirt exposed more flesh than I would like to see in the bathtub.
Note to nursing students: Even if you are applying for a summer externship or a job as a nursing assistant, please dress professionally. We realize you don't have a lot of money to buy a suit and that isn't required. But neatly combed hair, a clean shirt (that fits) and ironed slacks will make a better impression. If you don't believe me because I am an old fogy, read some of the comments from recruiters in several articles that appeared inprint in ADVANCE for Nurses. I think April Mickelson, MBA, BSN, RN, said it best in a Career Advice article, "A Memorable Meeting." Mickelson wrote: "On the day of your interview image becomes everything." And it does because it's the first impression you make.
Remember "Interviews are to be taken seriously, and you won't be if you're dressed like you're ready to party or to relax," reminds healthcare recruiter Kerri Naylor, LPN in another Career Advice article.
More advice can be found in Dressing for Success
And for this old fogy, please make sure the parts of your body that your mother diapered are covered up.
--Gail O. Guterl, Editor of ADVANCE for Nurses in the Areas of PA/NJ/DE and MD/DC/VA