Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Second Interview Fashion Faux Pas - The Four Deadly Sins

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You've managed to score your second interview. Bravo. Pen, check. Extra copies of your resume, check. Hard copy of your references, check. Outfit...crap. It happens time and time again - the second interview fashion faux pas. It's as if interviewees are lulled into a false sense of security and feel they can get away with a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.
Here are the four top fashion mistakes made on the second interview:

1. Wearing the exact same thing to the second interview.
I get it, you've already worn the only suit that you own. Your credit card is maxed out so a new purchase is out of the question. Don't worry, you don't have to sell your kidney just yet. This may be the time to call in that favor from that friend for the thing you did for them that one time. Sizes vary, so I suggest making friends with at least one person that's your size. As for the friendless, skillfully chosen accessories can help freshen up an old look. Also, try wearing a contrasting color shirt from the last time to play down the rerun. Hint: Studies have shown that navy blue inspires confidence.

2. Wearing uncomfortable shoes to the second interview.
Nothing is more distracting than mind numbing pain (well, perhaps a shirtless Johnny Depp). Anything that distracts you from your interview is a definite no no. If you're worried about wearing the same shoes as on the first interview, don't be. A shoe is a shoe, especially in dark colors. Most importantly about second interview attire: never, and I repeat, never break in a pair of shoes at an interview, especially the second one. You've already got enough on your plate to risk slipping, tripping, or the "I'm breaking in these shoes" dance. The second interview is not the time to bust out your new Manolos.

3. Wearing too many accessories to the second interview.
Accessories can add a nice touch to a boring suit. A slick tie, a neatly folded handkerchief, a cute necklace or a pretty scarf - all are good choices, but not all at once. Just because you got to round two, it doesn't mean you're now allowed to bust out your inner Lady Gaga. Keep it simple. You do not want your potential boss to be hypnotized by your rave shirt instead of listening to the story about you rescuing that puppy from a burning building.

4. Wearing perfume to the second interview.
This one may seem odd, because TV makes us believe that smelling nice is a good thing (and TV would never lie to me). Unfortunately, a few individuals can have severe reactions to even the most subtle of smells. It may seem more important to smell nice, but why risk encountering the one person on the planet that goes into convulsions from your CKOne.
Getting to that second interview is a major accomplishment, but it doesn't mean you get to slack off now. The key is to keep it simple, keep it professional, and keep it comfortable. Armed with these simple rules, you're bound to make a good impression on that second interview - well, you'll at least look good trying!

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