Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview
Do you want to show that you are a student who is serious about your education? Dressing appropriately for a college interview is a smart way to show respect for the official that will be meeting with you.
- Have you seen American Idol’s Atlanta try-outs performing “Pants on the Ground“. If not, go to YouTube and check it out. Gentlemen, please wear your pants with a belt and keep underwear hidden from public view. Ladies, please check clothes for proper fit also.
- Leave hats, flip-flops, sunglasses, graphic T-shirts and jeans at home.
- Remove any piercings except those from your ears. Jewelry should not distract the interviewer from communicating and building rapport. Too much metal and too much bling has a tendency to do that.
- Stick to the basics. For guys, khaki pants with a belt and a collared shirt tucked in gives a perfect look. For gals, a knee length skirt or dress slacks with a simple blouse creates a positive impression. If your interview is in the winter, wear an overcoat.
- Wear appropriate and polished shoes. Ladies, leave the platforms with the nine-inch heels and fishnet stockings for another occasion. Gentleman, please note that sneakers do not go with the ensemble mentioned above in tip #4.
- Avoid wearing too much cologne or perfume.
- Ladies should keep makeup simple and light. Gentlemen should shave or have their facial hair neatly trimmed.
- Use an iron. Wrinkled clothes give the wrong impression about your ambition.
- Keep your hairstyle simple and conservative. Avoid extreme styles and/or colors.
- Be sure to wear a smile.
Aside from these tips, go with a spirit of gratitude. Thank the interviewer for her/his time. Know in advance where the interview will occur and keep contact phone numbers handy in case of any unexpected emergency. Follow up after the interview with a handwritten note of thanks.
Related articles from other college resource sites:
The College Interview (College Board)
College Admissions Interview Prep Tips You Can Use (CollegeView)
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