August 7th 2013
For the formerly incarcerated, reentering society can be more than overwhelming. The Next Step can offer our candidates a quick helpful guide to success- especially when it comes to meeting CoFFE! Employers and trying to secure employment. With or without resources, dressing successfully for an interview can stress anyone out. Don't have a suit and tie? No worries! You can still dress to impress and present yourself in a positive manner.
No one says you need to dress like a model to make a good impression. Start with the basics:
1. Take a Shower- Hygiene is important to ALL employers
Whether or not you are applying for an office position or a construction project no employer is going to hire someone who couldn't take the time to bathe before their interview.
If your circumstances do not permit this here is a tip: sprinkling your hair with baby powder and brushing/combing through will significantly diminish the look of oily, greasy hair.
2. Dress Accordingly- Business Casual for any interview
Dressing business casual is always the most casual attire you should attend an interview in. Never wear any item of clothing that is too revealing (you are not going to the gym, hanging out with friends, or going to a night club).
Ladies, never wear shorts and keep skirts at or only SLIGHTLY above knee length.
Gentlemen, leave your muscle shirts at home and exchange it for a button up with a collar that you can tuck in to a pair of slacks.
3. Present Yourself- Confidence and Poise
You've done your time and now it is time to shine, leave your self-doubt at home! Keep in mind it takes more muscles in your face to frown then it does to smile.
When you are called in for your interview make sure you shake the hand of your future employer and introduce yourself clearly and confidently. Once the interview is compete, if appropriate, shake the employer's hand again and ALWAYS say thank you for their time.