Appropriate Attire for a Skilled Trades Interview

April 18th, 2012

Many people struggle with what to wear for many occasions in life. Traditional wisdom dictates that business suits and business dresses are always the right choice for job interviews. However, for every rule there is an exception. There are some careers and industries where business-formal dress is a little over the top for the job in question. If you’re planning an interview for a skilled trade job, you want to dress accordingly for the occasion. Here are a few tips to help you dress for success for this particular interview.

Ditch the Three-Piece Suit

There’s no need to be quite as formal when interviewing for a skilled trades job. It should be the quality of your work that speaks volumes about you. A solid portfolio will make the point much better than a business suit or sports coat ever could. More importantly, you’re probably not at all comfortable in business suits – and you need to feel as comfortable as possible in the interview process.

Ladies, you can get rid of the dress and heels. There’s no need for them. Other attire options will be a much better fit for the position to which you’re applying. It will also make it easier for you to be treated like one of the guys.

Keep it Casual, but Professional

While that might sound like a contradiction, there is method to the madness. You don’t want to go into the interview looking like you slept in your clothes. It’s a good idea to go for the “business casual” look that has you wearing a nice pair of khaki pants and a nicely ironed button-up shirt. Don’t forget to wear a nice pair of shoes, which does not mean your best tennis shoes.

Women might opt for a pair of slacks and a professional looking top or blouse. Choose shoes that match the professional look of the slacks and shirt you’ve selected. Flats, dress boots or loafers are a good idea.

If the interview has been arranged through a recruiting agency, don’t hesitate to ask the recruiter what the recommended attire for the interview would be. They have a better understanding of the specific client performing the interview and what attire might get the best results with that client.

The point is to look professional without going over the top. You don’t want to look completely out of place but you also don’t want to look like you’re not taking the interview process seriously. Dressing the proper way for the interview shows the person conducting the interview that you take yourself, your talent, and this interview seriously.


How to Prepare for an Interview for an Admin Position

December 15th, 2011

You have landed the interview you want for the administrative position you need. Now, you are trying to get yourself ready to go and ace it. What should you do to prepare for such an interview? Chances are good you will do well on this interview if you take a few steps now to fully prepare for it. It does not have to be hard or time consuming to do so either.

Tips for Interviewing for the Admin Position

The following tips can help you to do well in any administrative position you are applying for this time around. As an admin professional chances are good you will be working hand in hand with others. This means that not only are the answers to the questions important, but so is the way you answer them. Here are some tips to help you through the process.

  • Know what the company is looking for when it comes to computer skills. Often, this is one of the most important features for individuals working in these positions. Having at least the minimum required skills is often necessary to get into an interview.
  • The phone is your best friend as an administrative assistant. Do you have good phone communication skills? Are you organized enough to handle a high-paced phone system? Be sure to know how to do this as well as how to do it well.
  • Chances are good you will be asked about your strengths and weaknesses. Know them. An administrative professional needs to be computer literate, but also organized, positive, motivating and a leader.
  • Stress and pressure can also be a tipping point with some professionals. It is a good idea for you to be ready to answer questions about how you handle stressful situations. It is often important for you to verbalize this. You may say that you are organized and can keep a cool head under pressure. You may wish to describe what you’ve done in the past to manage a stressful environment.

Depending on the position you are applying for and your work experience, the interviewer may ask you questions about managing others. You may also need to demonstrate skills and proficient in various computer programs or with various phone systems. Be ready to roll up your sleeves to show off your skills. Even more so, the interviewer may ask you bizarre, non-traditional questions to find out what you are like. Answer those questions honestly and with as much information as you can that is on point.

The best way to be ready for this interview is to turn on your charm. Your job will involve working with other people so you will need to demonstrate your ability to do just that. Have a positive attitude and be professional. It is a good idea to showcase your personality during these interviews as that is one of your biggest selling features. This is especially true if you are working the front lines with customers. If you can be positive, outgoing and a nice person to be around during your interview, you will be one step closer to landing the big job.