Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dress the Part: Dressing professionally for an Interview

The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgement an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That's why it's always important to dress appropriately for a job interview.
Wear a suit, unless told business casual or to not dress up! The great thing about child life is we can have fun, and show our creative sides with our suits! Caroline's favorite suit is a deep purple! Sydney's favorite top to wear under is polka dotted! 

Child Life Tip: You may have to get on the floor and play with a kiddo, go for the pants if you wear a suit ;) Caroline had to spend the first 30 minutes of her interview at one hospital in the playroom...on the floor... interacting with kiddos... in her suit! 

Don't have a suit, and can't get one? There are amazing organizations to help you, in fact our school's career service's would provide suits to students that had interviews! Look into it, and remember that even though most suits are pricey they are timeless and you can wear them for years. If you choose to go with a skirt make sure that it is long enough to cover your thighs (preferably to your knees) when you are seated and wear tights or hose! (Yes, panty hose... don't complain, just do it.) Tip: Try New York and Company or Kohl's if you are shopping on a budget!

Rules on tops:
Collared shirt or a shirt with a high neckline- you don't need anybody, especially children, seeing anything they aren't supposed to! If you wear a sleeveless shirt remember that you cannot take off your jacket during the interview.
Make sure your top isn't too tight or too loose.
Tuck in your top if needed.

Simple is best. A nice watch, or simple necklace that isn't distracting to you is best. Pearl studs are always classic.

Plain, clean, professional shoes are best. If you are comfortable in heels then go for it, but remember you may be touring a huge hospital and be walking a lot.
 "I feel more comfortable in flats, because I am on the taller side and its good to be comfortable when touring the hospitals, Sydney." 
"I feel more than comfortable in heels because I am short and wear them all the time anyways," Caroline. 
If you do choose to wear heels, make sure they are no taller than about 2 1/2 inches.
All hospitals require their staff to wear closed-toe shoes, so please remember this when picking shoes.

Hair: Make sure that if you choose to wear your hair down it is not going to be in your face or causing you to play with it during your interview!

For Men: Now that more males are coming into this field I didn't want to forget them! Wear a suit, with a long sleeved shirt (even in the summer) and a tie! Pretty basic and you probably already knew that! Make sure its pressed, clean and not wrinkled! Dress socks and dress shoes will finish your look! The worst decision you could make would be to look this nice and wear tacky white ankle socks!

Good Luck! We wish you the best! What's your favorite Interview wear? Any lucky shirts?