Looking Your Best

That old cliché, "dress for success" really applies when it comes to job interviews. You need to be neat, clean, and professional, which may mean momentarily toning down your personal style. You don't want to be the interviewee they remember for having food in her teeth or great tattoos. Instead, try to appear conservatively tasteful and respectable, and choose an outfit that will fit in almost any social setting.

Here are a few hints that'll help get you ready for the big day with minimal stress:

  • Bring a mirror with you to the interview, as well as breath mints, a comb or brush, and any cosmetics you might require.
  • Don't try a new hairstyle or makeup effect the day of your interview-you don't want to add any stressful or overly time -- consuming elements to your daily ritual.
  • Before you leave the house, check yourself in a full-length mirror and make sure you're presentable from head to toe.
  • Have your interview clothes cleaned and pressed, and lay them out the night before (along with any accessories you might want to wear, like a tie or jewelry).
  • If your mop is looking a bit unruly, get a haircut a few days before the interview.
  • Polish your shoes.
  • Get plenty of sleep, and wake up early.
  • Ask for directions to your interview and make sure you know where you're going.
  • Eat a healthy meal at home and brush your teeth after eating. Avoid smelly food that leaves specks in your teeth, and don't drink too much caffeine-the only shaking you'll want to do in the interview is a handshake.
  • If there's any part of your daily routine that helps you relax and clear your head, make sure to include it on the day of the interview. Exercise, walk the dog, read the paper, or whatever you need to do so you're in the best possible frame of mind.