Dressing for sucess for the perfect job interview

You don't need us to tell you that a lot of people are looking for jobs these days.

KHQA wants to do its part to help job seekers, some of whom may not have been in the job market for more than 20 years.

KHQA's Rajah Maples checked in with an area image consultant for some tips on dressing for that important meeting with your potential boss.

Kathy Wolters is an image consultant for With You in Mind Image Management Services. She says the first thing to remember when it comes to dressing for a job interview is to dress appropriately for the position you're seeking; for the time of day and for the region of the country.

She says, "This is not the time to be trendy or faddish in your apparel. You want something that is good, basic and a classic look."

Wolters says it's important to be yourself when dressing for a job interview. But she says it's best to dress conservatively.

"You want to make sure everything is neat and clean and orderly and there are no distractions," Wolters says. "Jewelry can become distracting as well as tattoos or other rings. So you want to minimize any distractions. You want to lead the viewer's eye to your face, and you can do that with light and dark contrast."

She says it's best to opt for a collar and jacket to command attention front and center.

Wolters says, "A collar leads our attention upward and also lifts the attention, so when we use light and dark contrast like we have here with the white shirt and dark jacket, it reinforces it, so we're calling people's attention to the center front. Then we're thumbling it upward up to her face and in a job interview, that's where you want the attention to go. You want the attention on the person's face. You don't want it on the rest of the body."

And that goes for men, too.

"Many times, men don't recognize the fact that a tie is wonderful because it leads your eye right up to your face," Wolters says, "And so many times, men say, "I really don't want to wear a tie," but a tie is a very instrumental tool because it does focus the attention straight up to your mouth and your eyes."

Image Consultant Kathy Wolters also wants to remind people to smile during the job interview. She says doing so is an invitation to get to know you.

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