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The How-To Lounge: How to Impress on a Job Interview

We all know that going on a job interview can be quite daunting, but when you throw in the worry about what to wear, how to do your hair, and what purse to carry, you add another level of anxiety to the table.

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  • It's important to look good on paper, but in order to impress your interviewer, you need to dress the part as well
  • Some people fear wearing nice clothing or designer handbags and shoes, but according to Adam Glassman, O Magazine's creative director, it's fine to wear recognizably high-end items —he feels it shows good taste!
  • Never over-accessorize. Stick to classics. If you want to show your personality, choose a pair of fashion earrings, or a necklace, but never both
  • Be sure you have a good haircut. Even if you wear a simple outfit to an interview, you can't hide your hair so be sure to keep it looking healthy, well groomed and most importantly out of your face
  • Adam Glassman also feels that your shoes should be well kept. They don't have to be expensive, but they shouldn't look worn out or scuffed up either
  • A firm handshake is more important than you think - it exudes confidence. While I didn't understand why my Dad made me practice my handshake with him all the time while I was growing up, I now thank him for showing me the ropes. Every time I shake someone's hand, I get complimented about how great my firm handshake is.

I hope these tips help you on your next interview, and most importantly, remember to stand up straight and put your best foot forward. Good luck!


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