It’s Not Your Closet, It’s Your Skills

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It’s the start of a new semester.

Which can only mean that at Northeastern University, there is a new batch of students just starting the co-op process. For those of us who have already experienced it, we already know through trial and error the appropriate attire for any interview.

I’m here to share my fashion tips. When entering your interview, you should be clean-cut and dressed in a way that doesn’t resemble you during finals week. A piece of advice that I always like to think is if your employer will remember what clothes you wore, you shouldn’t wear the outfit. You should present yourself in a fashion where your employer will remember your skills that you have to offer instead.

For all the ladies out there…

1. The Classics

Stick to your classic, classy colors such as black, white, grey, navy blue, or beige. Tailored suits are obligatory whether it’s a blazer and slacks, or a blazer and skirt (Tip: Wear stockings to avoid those scrubby legs).

2. Dress to Impress

Dress like you would to impress your boyfriend’s parents by wearing flats or some basic, pretty kitten-heels. (Tip: I would suggest black or nude-colored shoes.)

3. Save it for the weekend

Avoid thoughts from the recruiter that you’re going to the club after your interview. Please do not wear any stripper heels and mini-skirts. Save it for the weekend.

4. Nail polish

Stick to clear, basic nail polish because the first thing you do when you walk in is a handshake.

 

For the gentlemen…

1. Suits are a staple

Go for conservative colors like black, blue, and grey.

2. Don’t stress about how expensive your outfit will be

Generally if you look nice in a $200 suit, it’s the same as looking nice in a $2000 suit.

3. Dress shirt

Your dress shirt color should basically be anything that matches with your tie.

4. Color

Be conservative about these colors, depending on where you work.

5. Accessories

Accessories such as watches are not required. Your verbal presentation of yourself is always more important than the physical one.

6. Belts

Belts should always match shoes.

An interview is like a dance or a first date – do your best to put yourself out there but make sure to keep it professional and tame. Charm your interviewer, as this applies to both genders.

Size up your opponent and try to feel if there are any mutual topics you both agree on. Let’s say your interviewer is a female, and you happen to be in a dance crew. The ladies love dancers. Talk about how your experience as a performer on stage translates to how well you will fare in a professional environment. You can discuss how you overcome stage jitters and anxiety in the face of a large crowd can relate to how composed you may be when overwhelmed with assignments. For a male interviewer, bond over any topics you mutually find interesting. Avoid anything sensitive like religion and politics. Guys, in general, want to work with someone they think they can get along with and are cool. So be cool, but be smart about it. The way you approach a conversation topic will directly translate to how you would approach a given assignment.

So all in all, I hope you avoid all the embarrassing situations and the stress-filled deliberations about to wear. Ace that co-op interview! I wish you the best of luck.









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