Although in the moment they might seem like supreme beings, interviewers are people just like you. Truth is, interviewing isn’t the most fun for everyone. The interviewer is hoping you’re the one so that they can be done with the interviewing process. To help you make an impression and ace the interview, we rounded up a list of science-backed strategies to make yourself seem more likable, competent, and ultimately hirable.
What to wear:
So you’ve accomplished the hard part—you’ve landed the job interview—and now you’re panicking because you have no idea what to wear. Do your research and find out what the culture of the workplace is so that you don’t show up overdressed, or under-dressed. Above all else, do not wear something too casual or better suited for a night out with your friends than a serious job interview. However, there are actually other concerns to take into consideration.
Color: The majority of employers recommended blue (23%) and black (15%). 25% of employers stated that orange is the worst color to wear and is the color most likely to be associated with someone who is unprofessional. However, orange can also been seen as a creative color. Use your best judgement when it comes to colorful attire. Certain skin tones pull off colors better than others.
Many employers feel more conservative colors such as black, blue, gray and brown convey a sense of professionalism.
Other attributes colors may convey:
- Black – Leadership
- Blue – Team Player
- Gray – Logical/Analytical
- White – Organized
- Brown – Dependable
- Red – Power
- Green, Yellow, Orange or Purple – all four colors were associated with Creative.
Style: For women, skirts are traditionally preferable to pantsuits as they are more formal, but in most professional environments either are acceptable. For men, your suit should be comfortable, but not casual or sporty in appearance. Also, the weather may factor into your decision. Make sure you are comfortable in your attire so that you can feel good and focus on the interview.
Fit: Fellas, avoid tight-fitting suits! Suit jackets should fit so that they can be easily buttoned without any noticeable pull marks across the fabric. The same advise goes for women’s blouses. Also, skirts and dresses should be close to knee length.
Fine details: Make sure that your hair looks kempt and neat. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a trim a few days before your interview. Also, make sure that your nails are well manicured, this goes for men as well. Nail polish colors should be neutral and subtle. Accessories and belts should also be complimentary to your outfit.
Uptown Cheapskate buys & sells business attire so you can impress for less!
We look for and carry:
- Current (within 2 years) Banana Republic, GAP, J. Crew, and Express
- Tailored Blazers for guys and gals
- Fitted men’s suits in standard sizes– (not tailored) from H&M, Express, Hugo Boss, Steve Madden, etc.
- Current men’s button-ups (within 2 years)
- Skinny ties and leather belts
- Pencil skirts and fitted dresses
What to bring:
Bring in a portfolio or briefcase with a clean pad of paper and a few pens, multiple copies of your resume, notes you have taken to prepare for the interview, including questions you will ask them, and a copy of the job description.
Questions to ask your interviewer:
- What do you expect to be the greatest learning curve for the new person coming into this job? Is it the technology he or she will be using, learning the culture here or something else?
- How does this position support your department’s goals?
- How do you plan to evaluate the performance of the person in this job?
- What are the most important milestones to hit? What should your new hire know about your management style, that will help him or her interact more effectively with you?
These are some of our favorites, however you can find a full list of great questions here.
Many employers will ask “Tell me about a time when…”-type questions to have you share about your past work experience. Write down short reminders of your stories and bring the reminders to the job interview.
How to act:
Make eye contact: Making eye contact shows confidence and respect. Don’t go overboard though, you don’t want to creep your interviewer out!
Body language: The “chameleon effect” is a psychological phenomenon that describes how people tend to like each other more when they’re exhibiting similar body language. Body language expert Patti Wood says that, ideally, it should look like you’re “dancing” with the other person. Otherwise it can seem like you’re not interested in what they’re saying, you’re not a team player, or even that you’re lying. So if your interviewer is leaning forward in their chair and putting their hands on the table, feel free to do the same. Chances are they won’t notice that you’re copying them.
Hand gestures: According to Molidor and Parus, your hand movements contribute to the impression you convey in a job interview. Showing your palms generally indicates sincerity, while pressing the fingertips of your hands together to form a church steeple indicates confidence. On the other hand, you don’t want to hold your palms downward, which is a sign of dominance. You’ll also want to avoid concealing your hands, which looks like you have something to hide; tapping your fingers, which shows impatience; folding your arms, which indicates disappointment; and overusing hand gestures, which can be distracting.
Tailor your answers to the interviewers age: In their book “Crazy Good Interviewing,” John B. Molidor, Ph.D., and Barbara Parus write that you should conduct yourself a little differently based on which generation your interviewer belongs to. Here’s their breakdown:
- Generation Y interviewers (between 20 and 30): Bring along visual samples of your work and highlight your ability to multitask.
- Generation X interviewers (between 30 and 50): Emphasize your creativity and mention how work/life balance contributes to your success.
- Baby Boomer interviewers (between 50 and 70): Show that you work hard and demonstrate respect for what they’ve achieved.
- Silent Generation interviewers (between 70 and 90): Mention your loyalty and commitment to previous jobs.
These are just a handful out of thousands of tips and tricks to help you ace your interview. Make sure you do your research on the company, practice, and stay positive! You’ve got this.
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Kathryn | September 21, 2015
A labor of love – How Uptown Cheapskate supports your community
Uptown Cheapskate | September 3, 2015
With our 45 locally-owned franchises, Uptown Cheapskate helps support your community.
By depending on our local customers to supply our products by recycling their used clothing, we’re able to avoid relying heavily on overseas clothing factories that often provide unethical labor conditions to their workers, and many times practice child labor. Instead, we pay money to customers like you for the vast majority of our items. This benefits the economy right in our local communities, and helps support sustainable means of getting clothes.
According to the most recent figures released from the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American throws away about 70 pounds of clothing each year. They also inform us that nearly 95 percent of all of the clothing, shoes, and linens thrown away could have been recycled or reused. By selling to Uptown Cheapskate, not only are you reducing waste, but you’re lowering the demand for stores like ours to support unethical means of producing clothing.
Selling to Uptown is not the only way you can do your part to help heal the earth. Each time you buy a recycled clothing item at Uptown, that’s one less shirt that you might buy new, meaning you’re reducing the demand for the production of new clothes. This not only saves precious resources every year, but it continues to support getting the latest trends in fashion in ways that are safe, sustainable, and ethical.
At Uptown Cheapskate, our style is a labor of love. Each of our locally owned stores provides jobs to members of the community—many of whom are young people. With more than 45 stores around the country, that’s more than 350 jobs created! We provide steady pay, flexible schedules, paid training and growth opportunities, plus a hefty employee discount. Our employees work in a fun and friendly retail atmosphere, surrounded by what they love—fashion.
If working at Uptown Cheapskate sounds like a place where you think you could succeed, we’d love to speak to you.
Fill out a job application for any of our stores here.
This week we collaborated with Jenna Jean Davis of VOX Magazine to get some killer tips on back-to-school style. Take it away, Jenna Jean!
A Powerful, Unforgettable Impression: First Day of School
Every year should be called freshman year because each year is a fresh, new beginning. New teachers, new classes, new students, new friends, new relationships and new styles. It’s important to start each school year by leaving everything from the last year on the previous page of your book of life and start writing this year’s new, beautiful story.
But, before that, you first have to figure out WHAT TO WEAR FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! It’s something everyone struggles with because it is kind of a HUGE deal!
You can be whatever you want to be this year and dress however you want to dress. For the first day of school, make an impression. A powerful, unforgettable impression. To look good and feel great about how you look on your first day, you have to be confident in who you are on the inside. Your confidence will shine through with your style. Decide, right now, who you want to be this year and dress like it. Edith Head, a talented costume designer and winner of eight academy awards, once said, “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”
I am Jenna Jean, the lead stylist for VOX Magazine. Consider me your friend today and let me help you pick out your perfect first day outfit. You can thank me later. I just got my whole back-to-school wardrobe at Uptown Cheapskate, my favorite store! Your first step is to read my three must haves for girls and dudes for your back to school fashion and secondly, get in your car and head straight to Uptown Cheapskate because you will not find any store with better sales or fashion for your back-to-school look.
1: A denim dress/skirt! Come on, we all saw Kaitlyn Bristowe strut her stuff in her denim dress in this season of The Bachelorette. If you want 25 men to fall in love with you, then you better be rocking that jean.
2: A tuxedo blazer! With a tuxedo blazer you can look chic and either dress it up or down. Pair it with boyfriend jeans for a more relaxed look or high-waisted skinny jeans for a more professional look. Blazers will also help you layer for when our crisp, summer air starts getting a little bit more chilly.
3: Fringe! Anything fringe. Specifically, skirts, purses and boots.
1: Joggers! Men, you should be excited about this! There is finally a comfortable alternative to jeans for boys besides sweats! Girls have always had leggings and I’m sure you’ve all been super jealous! Joggers are great pants to have because they look stylish and are also comfy!
2: Button up shirts! Short sleeve with the sleeves rolled once, or long sleeve paired with joggers or tight fitting jeans! Bu, NO MORE top button swag. Loosen up a little bit.
3: The Chelsea Boot! Your shoes complete your outfit, and nothing completes you better than Chelsea.
With school, just like life, you get out what you put in. So, dress up! Put your best face forward everyday. People will notice you if you make an effort to have your inner voice shine through your style. Study hard, get good grades. Join a club, get involved. Start a club, be a leader. Make a difference by being different. Decide who you are, dress like it.
This is YOUR year. Make it a beautiful one.
Written by: Jenna Jean Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Models: Jenna Jean Davis (Instagram: @_redlipclassics), Maria Moreno (mariarosmoreno), Maggie Wall (@maggie_wall), Tim Leary (@timflynn_), & Tyler Teasdale (@tylerjakob)
Stylist: Jenna Jean Davis // VOX Magazine (www.vox-magazine.com)
Clothing: Uptown Cheapskate
Photographer: Evelyn Eslava (@agridulcie)
Hair and Makeup: Sarah Davis (@sarahmichellebeauty)
There are so many ways to layer up in the winter to keep warm, but the trick is maintaining a chic look. Flannels, chambray shirts, and basic sweaters are essential to layer flawlessly. Here are some of our favorite layering techniques.
Layering your Coat: Layering under a coat can be tricky. It can lead to a bulky look that makes you feel larger than you are. To enhance your figure but stay bundled up and warm, use thinner materials.
Layering your summer dress: Whenever you get sick of wearing pants, try layering your summer & fall dresses with winter apparel. Throw an oversized sweater over your dress and pair it with tights/leggings and boots.
Layering Sweaters: Layer your button ups or blouses with sweaters. Types of sweaters that are great for layering are: cashmere, oversized, cable knit, crew neck, etc.
Layering accessories: Scrunched up socks with your boots, beanies and scarfs, tights, gloves & more! Keep extra warm by layering winter accessories with your outfit.