Mt. Pleasant Student Success Coordinator Emily Ross has established Emily’s Career Closet at Career Quest’s (CQ) Mt. Pleasant campus. Students are welcome to stop in and get the clothes they need at no-cost, so they can put their best foot forward for their externships and job interviews. Students can keep the outfits they take so they can use them in the future and get a jump start on their own professional closets at home.
“We put the closet together to help students land the perfect job. Your appearance is very important in the interview process and we wanted to make sure our students could look their best,” Emily shared. “This closet was provided by donations from students and staff and help from the Mt. Pleasant Clothing Closet. We have already been able to help students and look forward to helping many more.”
The Mt. Pleasant campus also partners with Clothing, Inc. to ensure the closet is always fully stocked for students.
Below are some tips to keep in mind when preparing for an interview.
“Great first impressions are crucial, and you only get one so make sure you’re the best you that you can be. When you feel good and dress for success that will shine through by the confidence you’re bringing to the interview,” said Mt. Pleasant Director of Career Services Brooke Allen. “Your appearance is an important factor when going to an interview so you should always be sure to dress for success.
Here are a few key pointers from Brooke:
- Always be tasteful and conservative: Avoid blouses or sweaters that are transparent, tight-fitting, have low necklines, revealing waistlines or details that detract from your face. Typically, arms are covered at least to the biceps and often to the wrist. You cannot go wrong with a traditional black pant and a black blazer to match. Keep it simple until you learn the traditional dress of the company.
- Basic hygiene and personal forms of expression: Be sure to not overdue it with strong perfumes or colognes. The interviewer might find it offensive so keep it light and fresh. If you smoke, be sure to wash your hands afterward and pop in a breath mint. If you have visible tattoos or piercings, it is tasteful to cover them or remove the piercings until you find out the preference of the facility.
- Ask for advice from others: If you’re not sure that your outfit is appropriate, ask your Career Services department or anyone else on campus. We’re all here to help and can help you find cost-effective items that will ensure you’re prepared and dressed for success. Send a picture or stop in the day before your interview for advice.
Career Services Coordinator, Kielley Lemkuil, has this to say:
- It’s important to start with the basics: black slacks, blouse and/or collar shirt with a blazer, but dressing for an interview doesn’t have to be boring. Make sure you feel good about yourself. Take time to plan your outfit, practice your makeup or add simple stated accessories. You will do better in an interview when you have confidence in yourself and your overall appearance.
- Believe it or not, thrift stores have a large selection of gently used professional clothes. Most of the time, you can find great brands in excellent shape. Make sure you try on the clothes first to see what you feel good in. We want everyone to look and feel good during an interview.
Regional Director of Career Services, Talisa McKissic, adds:
- Go for power colors: No matter the industry or with whom you’re interviewing, you can never go wrong with the three power colors: black, navy and grey. Incorporating these three colors in your wardrobe will keep you polished throughout your professional journey.
If you have clothes or accessories to donate, please drop them off at Emily’s office.