Job Interview Fashion Dos and Don’ts

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“No flip flops, no jeans, no low cut!”

Peabody Human Resources Director Lisa McNutt has been in the hospitality business for 20 years and says she’s seen it all, “We’ve also had them come in, and they look more like they’re going out clubbing, not going for a job interview and that makes a bad impression.”

Talk about going from bad to worse.

Our cameras caught one applicant sporting animal print tights to the Great American Steamboat Company’s job fair Tuesday.
“That’s not appropriate.  I wouldn’t recommend cheetah tights,” says Manpower’s Russell Jones, Jr.  Jones is the Branch Manager in Memphis.

“I can’t stress it enough; make sure your clothes aren’t too large or too tight.”

Jones also says don’t bring attention to piercings, cover up tattoos, and stay away from strong scents, “Wearing a lot of perfume or cologne, I would avoid spraying a lot of perfume and cologne, you want to keep that to a minimum.”

A conservative colored business suit is what Jones recommends for men and women.

If you’re on a tight budget, slacks and a shirt, or a skirt and blouse are fine.

McNutt says the Peabody is now hiring 35 full time positions and about 30 on-call.

Just to give you an idea about how tough competition is, her department gets 16,000 applications a year.

“We hire maybe one out of 100 applicants,” says McNutt.

Even more reason to stand out, the right way.

“Dress for the position that you want or the next one, even more importantly,” adds McNutt.

McNutt says the Peabody is looking to fill those positions immediately.

Click here for a link to apply.