Margaret Roberts: Its You Interviewing, Not Your Clothes
In honor of the career fair this week, we decided to look at two of Pacific’s faculty members who know a few things about dressing to impress.
For our female Tiger, we headed straight to Margaret Roberts, the director of Eberhardt Career Management. Roberts, who is on her twelfth year, helps members of the business school prepare for professional careers with interviewing tips and is the top resource for business students who are on the job hunt.
Although Roberts and the Career Resource Center can help with many facets of your career preparation, such as resumes, we wanted to get Roberts’ tips on how to dress to nail that interview. While we all live in a world of self expression, Roberts mentioned that it is important to “let yourself do the talking, and not your outfit.”
It is also good to show a bit of personality; however, overaccessorizing and pieces that are too “loud,” or expressive, can leave the interviewer distracted, and only talking about the outfit after the interview. Roberts mentioned a few top tips for us: Wear a suit unless you’re told not to, as its better to be overdressed than underdressed, go comfortable and conservative on the shoes with closed toes, and stay away from all black suits, as they can be a bit harsh. In Robert’s photo, she can be seen in a skirt-suit that is perfect for this spring weather.
The length of the skirt is important: Make sure it covers the knees even when you’re sitting. Roberts also shows some of her personality through her business attire with a sequined shirt and a lighter-toned woven jacket. “Be polished and professional, and do the basics well, but be yourself. Let yourself do the talking, not your clothes,” Roberts advised.