6 People I Never Want To See at an Interview
A Small Plea
I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen more faux pas in interview fashion than in the latest edition of People Magazine! People, please pick your outfits carefully and thoughtfully when choosing your interview fashion! Let me take you down the road of a few memorable fashion fails – yes, all are based on REAL candidates that I’ve had the displeasure of interviewing:
The Verified Vixon
Ladies….really???? We’ve come so far in achieving equality in the workplace. Why would we EVER want to take a step back into being a subjected object for men to look at?
This Verified Vixon is the one who enters the office, ready to be….well…interviewed I suppose. She wears a silky, low-cut blouse (that probably belongs to her teenage daughter). Sometimes a long-chained necklace that conveniently points right to the cleavage accompanies this sexy blouse. If the shirt doesn’t say enough, this candidate also wants to show her ass-ets. She wears a tight skirt or pants just to top it off with her…cherry. The outfit is completed with some red lips and heavy perfume. Put those claws back in please.
The Skilled Slob
For some reason, this category happens to fall on the candidates that are well-qualified, but they fail to dress the part. Both men and women have committed this faux pas, though the majority I’ve come across are men.
The Skilled Slob comes in with ill-fitted clothing: a shirt that is one or two sizes too big (either untucked or attempted to be tucked in which leaves a HUGE excess of shirt flooding over the sides of the skirt or pants), pleated pants that have lost their shape, brown shoes with black slacks, and a hair style that makes me want to give them my comb. Though they seem fairly confident in their approach to the responsibilities of the available position, I have zero confidence in them being a face of the company. Keep the disheveled look for the weekend.
The Baby Doll
Too cute – yes too cute to hire. For some reason, there is a current trend where women have embraced dresses that are made for young girls.
The Baby Doll skips in with a sweet, light summer dress that falls above the knees and is completed with a waistband that ties in a pretty bow in the back of the dress. The hair is usually worn down or in a side braid to match the trend of staying Forever 21. Inappropriate for the workplace. I’m not looking to babysit any of my candidates.
The Sweaty Beast
I understand that interviews can be nerve-racking, but let’s try to keep our bodily functions under control.
The Sweaty Beast is usually overly nervous coming into the interview (possibly because they’ve underprepared and don’t know what to expect). They begin by offering a sweaty palm for the handshake and as the arm extends, you see the huge pit stains. The sweat slowly trickles through their nice button-up shirt causing a huge distraction and a challenge to keep my eyes looking up at the candidate’s face.
I’m not saying not to sweat, we can’t control that part, but we can purchase a stronger deodorant that helps with those gushing pores. Undershirts are also essential if you know you’re a heavy sweater.
FYI – some additional tricks if you’re a sweaty beast: avoid caffeine and spicy foods, put on some deodorant right before the interview for extra protection, use spray deodorant on other sweat producing parts of your body (hands, feet, face, chest, etc), if it’s really bad, you can consider medicated deodorant or even botox injections –ask your doctor first.
The Soggy Bottom
Why not just wear a belt? Don’t have a belt?? I’d rather see a string tied around your waist than see your pants saggy like you’ve just sat in a puddle of water.
The Soggy Bottom forgets to put on the all-important belt to hold up those pants. Men are the worst offenders, but I’ve seen this on women as well. There is nothing less attractive than seeing someone continuously pull up the back of their pants so they don’t expose their crack. JUST SAY NO TO CRACK!
The Dizzying Designer
Prints are not always bad, but let’s avoid anything that’s too much pattern – and please, just for me, avoid pairing busy prints together.
The Dizzying Designer is the one who wears personality on the outside. They don’t have to announce that they have arrived; their outfits are loud enough! I’ve seen stripes with polka dots and colors that are so blindingly bright that I had to shield my eyes. Please speak to me with your words and don’t make me listen to the overbearing sounds of your sweater.
The Fashion Guru
I do not claim to be a fashion guru, but I do have solid staples in my closet to prevent me from being any one of these offenders. Wear something simple and elegant so that your clothing doesn’t become a distraction from your qualifications for this position!
One of my favorite fashion blogs for young professionals is by La Bella Tanchi – www.labellatanchi.com — she advises on how to pair professional pieces together in ways I would never try on my own. She understands how to mix patterns well, how to invest in stable basics and then dress them up to give them the ‘wow’ factor. She also advises how to pair each outfit with accessories to complete the look…something that I could only dream of doing without her help.
Check out La Bella Tanchi and her tips on how to be a powerful, professional and well-groomed candidate for any job.