6 Rules For Making a Great First Impression

Guest blog post written by Lauren, a senior Apparel Design major at the University of Delaware. 

Lauren’s bio: My name is Lauren, I am a senior Apparel Design major at the University of Delaware. I’m also a journalism minor, because I have always loved to write and journalism let’s me do that.  I transferred to UD the fall of my sophomore year and it was the best decision I have ever made…in college, at least. Now that I am a senior, I feel like I have learned a lot in and out of the classroom and hope to share that knowledge with as many people as I can!

Interested in writing a guest post for the blog? Email Keri at kbetters@udel.edu to learn more! 


You have found the internship or job of your dreams. The only thing between you and that job is your first impression: the interview.  The interview itself can be nerve-wracking enough, even without having to worry about what you are going to wear.

So here are 6 rules that will help you be more comfortable and confident for that first step to a new job or internship. dressforinterview

1. Modest– Anything that even looks like you’re showing too much skin, don’t wear.  Do the “bend over test” if you think you can see down your shirt when you lean over.  Showing too much skin is one main way an interviewer can judge you before actually talking to you.

2.  Fit- Make sure you are comfortable in your clothes. If you’re fidgeting or pulling down your skirt every five minutes, chances are you will look and feel uncomfortable.  Trust me. This will not go unnoticed.

3.  Minimal and appropriate accessories– When selecting accessories, choose a few small pieces or a statement necklace or bracelet.  It is distracting to the interviewer if you wear big earrings that knock you in the face. However, if you have one statement piece like a necklace, it could be a conversation starter about your style.  For guys, you should know by now that wearing a hat to an interview is not professional… neither is the belt you own with the Batman belt buckle.  Keep it simple.

heavymakeup 4.  No Heavy Makeup– I know it’s tempting to wear a bold red lip, but imagine if your lipstick gets on your teeth during the interview.  It would just be bad…very bad.  Although it’s a small thing, this can be easily avoided.  This theory goes for the rest of your face; don’t try any new tricks the day of the interview.  Leave the smoky eye for another day.

5.  Be Neat– Although some girls are guilty of this, this rule applies mostly to the guys. Make sure your shirt is tucked in on all sides and ironed and your tie is straight.  This will portray that you put thought into your appearance for the interview and really care about this opportunity. It shows that you are taking the necessary steps to make a great first impression.

6.  Prepare– Pick out your clothes the day before your interview.  Just like you wouldn’t research the company the day of the interview, you shouldn’t choose your outfit the day of, too. Try clothes on to figure out what makes you comfortable. Once you find the perfect outfit, lay it out.  This will make the day of your interview begin much more smoothly. prepare

Those are just a few tips to help you make a great first impression to land the job of your dreams. Good luck on your interview!



Keri Betters

Social Media Marketing Intern

University of Delaware Career Services

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