(The following are Suggestions Provided by Female Administrators)
When Interviewing for a Job:
When dressing for an interview, the following guidelines are suggested:
- The key word is conservative - feminine but modest and business like. There should be nothing that is distracting e.g. loud colors, tight fitting, too stylish, revealing, etc. *
- Clothes - Jacket with slacks or skirt and modest blouse/sweater. Slacks should be trouser-like, not tight. A skirt should be below the knee, not tight and worn with hose - no bare legs.
- Shoes - Medium heels to give height, but no stilettos.
- Jewelry - Conservative/classic style, not gaudy or trendy.
- Hair - It should look neat and like you didn’t have to spend much time getting it that way, i.e. no “glamour” styles. During the interview, keep it out of your face and "still", i.e. don't adjust it by brushing it back with your hands, putting it behind your ears, etc.
- Make-up - Conservative not "glamorous" make-up you would wear out at night.
When on the Job:
- Looking like one of the guys is important. If the guys at the meeting will be in a suit, wear a suit. If they will be in a jacket and slacks, wear that. If the men will be wearing khaki pants and a golf shirt, wear something similar. You do not want to draw attention to yourself by your clothing.
- Along that same line, always avoid highly feminine clothing, short skirts and loud prints. This encourages your male counterparts to see you more as a woman than as a professional.
- Never wear blouses or shirts that are tight, low cut or draw attention to your bosom. This presents a negative image. Our country still has a separate set of ethical and moral standards for males and females. You may not think it is fair but it is what it is!
- Don’t wear dangly earrings or cheap gaudy jewelry. This is distracting and will not project well, especially on television.
- But don’t sacrifice “looking good” because you are trying too hard to follow these rules. Research continues to show that attractive, professional, appropriately dressed females are more successful than those who are not.
- The younger you are and the more attractive you are, the more important the attention to your outward appearance. Your clothes should convey your professionalism, not emphasize your youth and looks.