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August 1, 2000

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Acing A Job Interview

Photo Credit: Perry Hagopian

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ACING A JOB INTERVIEW "The job I'd want isn't one you'd have to wear a blazer or pantsuit to, so I'd wear a nice dress to an interview."- Erin, 24, Public Relations Manager

WORKPLACE COACH CYNTHIA SHAPIRO SAYS: "Interviewers tend to size up women based on their appearance. A woman-more than a man-has to project a responsible image if she wants to be taken seriously on first meeting."
Women who wear makeup are perceived as having higher earning potential and more prestigious jobs than those who wear no makeup, a study in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology found.

CONFIDENCE: "Look an interviewer straight in the eye, and shale hands firmly," Shapiro says. "It's so basic, but it truly is the most important thing. You only get one chance for the 'wow'. Fake confidence if you don't feel it: Take up space by draping your arm over the chair next to you and leaning forward as you speak."

HAIR: "I look to see whether the candidate is going for a sexy look or a serious one," Shapiro says. "Hair worn down indicates the former. Always wear it up to an interview: It gives the appearance that you are steady and professional."

OUTFIT: "Employers look at the way you dress as an indication of what kind of thinker you are," Shapiro says. "If you look too casual, it implies you're not fully interested. Once, I interviewed a woman who wore everything bright blue: dress, bow, stockings, heels, purse-even eyeshadow! Her outfit was so distracting, I couldn't listen to a word she said. People make the most mistakes when going to a creative company. In this case, dress in a sophisticated outfit, like a suit, but add one funky accent, like fabulous shoes or a piece of artistic jewelry."


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