On What Not to Wear to the Interview

As might be expected, the holiday gathering with my family this year included conversations about politics, the economy, and our various employment situations.

One of my sisters-in-law told a work-related story that’s worth sharing with SMW readers.

It was a typical day at the office when suddenly everyone noticed a young woman who looked like a hooker seated in the reception area. They all wondered what she doing there.

It turns out she was interviewing for an open position as a receptionist.

My sister-in-law went on to describe the young woman’s outfit. Needless to say, the applicant didn’t get the job.

Despite all the articles and advice about what to wear, a lot of women simply don’t know how to dress for an interview. Some of the confusion has to do with the difference between what’s acceptable for going out and what’s appropriate for work.

“I see so many young women wearing things that are way too revealing, way too tight, and way too short,” Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., author of the book “The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work,” told SMW earlier this year.

Because this kind of clothing has worked in a social setting, women believe it will be effective at work, Goman says.

But the bottom line—or, in this case, the hemline—couldn’t be further from the truth.

Paula Santonocito
Career Editor, SingleMindedWomen.com