April 28 – Clothing Confidence: How to Prepare and Dress for an Interview

April 28 – Clothing Confidence: How to Prepare and Dress for an Interview

JVS Human Services, one of the largest human service agencies in metro Detroit, is joining forces with Council Re|Sale in Berkley (3297 W. 12 Mile Road, Berkley, MI 48072), one of the oldest resale shops in metro Detroit, to provide a free webinar on how to prepare for an interview and dress to impress without spending a lot of money. Council Re|Sale is owned by National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan (NCJW|MI), a grassroots volunteer and social advocacy organization; all proceed from the store benefit its community service projects. After the webinar, registered participants will be able to shop for suitable business attire with a $25 store credit. The resale shop, nearly 90 years old, is known for selling high-end clothing, including designer wear, casual and work attire, accessories, and jewelry, at bargain prices.

JVS Human Services Employment Specialist Hannah Berger explained that preparedness is the key for doing well in an interview. “Practicing your answers, ensuring your technology is going to work if the interview is virtual, and wearing the appropriate clothes are all vital towards the success of the interview,” she said. Some of Berger’s top interview techniques include:

~Research the company/organization beforehand. Be prepared with specific details about the company and what you can bring to the role that will set you apart.

~Practice, practice, then practice some more! Google common interview questions for the position you are applying for to get a sense of what you might be asked. Practice in the mirror or with another person.

~Remember you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Make the interview as much of a natural, flowing conversation as possible. Ask questions.

When dressing for an interview, look at the company culture to get a sense of what might be appropriate. Dress in neutral colors and avoid distracting patterns. Keep hair, makeup, and accessories simple. Outfits should be clean, wrinkle free, and fit well. Consider wearing a blazer or sports jacket to look professional.

Sandi Matz, past president of NCJW|MI and a volunteer at Council Re|Sale, will be presenting the fashion aspect of the webinar. “We have blazers, dresses, slacks, sports coats, shirts, ties, pants and everything else you could need, all at deep discounts,” she explained. “Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to wear for an interview, but we are going to guide participants to present their most professional self and then go shopping in our store.”

Council Re|Sale, was forced to close at the start of the pandemic, March 2020, to keep staff and customers safe. In July 2020 it reopened with stringent safety measures in place, including sanitizing stations, quarantining of donations and returns, social distancing practiced by staff and customers and masks worn by all in the store.  Currently only 15 customers are allowed in the store at one time.

To register for the free program click here. For more information click here.

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