NYU Image Assessment- “What are YOU Wearing”…(for your career interview)

Victoria Duruh has been an internationally recognized top model director for 11 years. She also produced fashion events, booked top clients (e.g. Lancôme Int., Maybelline, Revlon/Cream of Nature, Abercrombie and Fitch, L’uomo Vogue, Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated) and celebrity appearances, and has done scouting, castings, film festivals, 2014 Oscar’s and other events. Victoria is currently working on Image Management with Wall Street Men advising on style, wardrobe, accessories, image, confidence and more.  Do you want to learn more? Read Victoria’s interviews with top hiring decision maker executives on appropriate appearance – e.g. Wall Street, Finance, Marketing, Public Relations, Fashion/Entertainment, Media/Communication – for specialized tips for  dressing for success.

The Basic Guide for Achieving Success 

Congratulations!! You just landed your dream job interview. Now, here comes the first challenge….figuring out what to wear to the interview.

While you may actually have all the right qualifications of the ideal candidate your dream employer is looking for, and you may confidently know it, neither of these things matter, if potential employers cannot actually see proof of that.

And by proof, I am referring to the professional IMAGE of yourself.

The stakes are high. First impressions are created in the first few seconds of walking in the door, and they rely mostly on nonverbal cues like body language, and yes, clothes. Arrive inappropriately dressed and you risk being judged as less competent or intelligent before you even begin talking.

If you make a bad impression with what you are wearing, you could spend the rest of the interview simply trying to make up for it instead of sharing all the incredible talents that make you the right one for the job. You likely have the foundation. But there are still some details that even the best of us might not be getting right.

The interview is probably one of the few places where you do not receive feedback on your own performance. Although you might not always be confronted with bad wardrobe choices, do not think that it goes unnoticed.

Employers will rarely communicate that your wardrobe, accessories or body language contributed to a less favorable interview impression. They may not even know it themselves, since many of these impressions are subconscious. Employers view candidates as a potential future reflection of the company. It will be noticed if you portray any negative image.

So, I put together some photographs of the fashion back to basic suitable business attire that will help you land the job.

1. Industry Appropriate Basic Attire Choice – The wardrobe from the top to the bottom, suits, jackets, pants shirts, ties, socks and shoes for men and suit, dresses, skirts, shoes and tights for women, needs to account for differences in industry. For example, “what works” for Wall Street, does not necessarily work for Hi Tech or more creative industries….Classic with a Twist!

2. Proper Clothing Fit – The clothes must properly fit, both to conform to industry expectations as well as frame the student in the most favorable light. Inexpensive clothes that fit perfectly will look better than a Bergdorf’s wardrobe. That does not fit pants that are the incorrect length or shirts that are too blousy or tight, will send a subconscious, if not conscious, message to the interviewer.

3.  Colors, Fabrics and Textures – Putting your best foot forward to facilitate the most confident image also involves choosing the colors, fabrics and textures that best flatter each individual based on different heights, weights, skin texture, hair color, bone structure and other factors.

4.   Proper GroomingThis includes the basics in proper haircut, hairstyling, shave, sideburns, eye brows, tattoos, etc.

 

 

5. Appropriate Accessories – A Finishing Touch…Generally keep it Simple, but there are tips on how to ensure that accessories complete clothing and ones own image, including jewelry, watches, ties, tie clips, handbags, tote/brief cases, and earrings, etc. And nose rings for men  (Generally “Just say No”).

6.   Key Body Language Signals – You never get a second chance to make a first impression. How a student walks, sits and carries them throughout the interview sends strong non-verbal messages. The eye contact and handshake are key. The goal is not to create identical interviewees or job candidates, but to avoid students sending negative signals before speaking a word.

 For more information and/or schedule an Image Assessment, please contact Victoria at victoria@imagetherapynyc.com .

 

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