We have our first PR professional panel in both SPC 213 classes tomorrow. The topic of interviewing is always a part of the discussion. Questions can range anywhere from “Should I hide my tattoo when I go for an interview?” to “What should I include in my portfolio?”
Interestingly, I just read “10 Interview Fashion Blunders” by Carole Martin, and students may be surprised at some of the dressing faux pas mentioned in the article. Students might look at the list and think, “Really, this could be a deal breaker for me?” But, I like the advice she leaves the readers with, and in this competitive job market, I think it’s well worth listening to.
In addition to the 10 blunders that she highlights, Martin states that whatever you wear, it should show prospective employers that you are a professional ready to go to work at your new job, and she says, use common sense. Hmmm, I think that could be a tough one. Sometimes I think common sense is generational, so maybe your view of common sense isn’t the same as mine.
I’ve had some students ask if they should dress professionally for class tomorrow. Even though professional attire is not required, it never hurts to make a good impression when given a networking opportunity such as this. I encourage students to take a look at the article, and see what they think. Maybe the panelists will share their own “dress for success” tips.
In the meantime, pull up a chair and let’s talk.