How to dress for future employers

What Not To Wear, hosted by SIFE, took place to show students how to dress for an interview and what to avoid. Hosts senior Adam Hines and junior Staci Oliver discussed proper attire with participant junior Andrew Butler (left).

By Autumn Keiss

Ten models strutted across the Wisner stage. One had a face covered in make-up, another wore torn jeans. All of them were showing students what not to wear to an interview.

Luckily, junior Staci Oliver and senior Adam Hines, were there to help the misguided models at ONU SIFE’s What Not To Wear.

The event took place Tuesday night and showed students how to dress for an interview. It also told them what to avoid.

The main advice of the evening was to dress conservatively so potential employers focus on what is said in interviews, not what is worn.

This theme appeared in the first model. When she walked on stage wearing bright blue eye shadow and green eyeliner, Oliver warned her to avoid looking like Ke$ha.

“If you think you’re wearing too much makeup, take it off,” she said.

The next model reminded men to stay clean shaven. The third appeared in wrinkled linen pants.

“I actually wear these on a normal basis,” the model said. “I’ve worn them to bed Saturday night and woken up and worn them to church Sunday morning.”

Hines suggested using an iron, starch, or even going to a dry cleaner to make the outfit more professional.

“But you should ditch the linen pants,” he said.

The fourth model wore a skirt that was too short. She was followed by a man wearing black shoes and a brown belt.

“When you came out here you probably had some girls going ‘Oh man,’” Hines said. “Let’s match the belt and the shoes.”

The sixth model was dressed in torn jeans, boots and a brown leather jacket.

“You look like you are going to a hoedown,” Oliver said. “You’ll be all set once we change everything.”

A model wearing bright orange pumps then took center stage. The hosts complimented the closed toe on the shoes, but suggested something less loud.

“Let’s show personality in a conservative way,” Hines said.

The bright shoes were replaced with a model wearing glittering jewelry, which clanked when she raised her arm.

“We don’t want people to hear you when you walk down the hall,” Oliver said.

The ninth model was a casually dressed male, and the tenth wore a large nose ring. “I call this look classic Ke$ha,” she said.

The hosts told her to buy a plug.

After all ten models walked across the stage, the hosts had a question an answer session.

The audience asked questions about hairstyle, pinstripes, and skirt lengths, and received the same basic answer: be conservative.

Once the question and answer period was through, the models filed on to the stage, wearing modified outfits.

The hosts praised the new outfits, but some audience members had doubts.

“I don’t like waist high skirts,” freshman Hannah Miller said. “It is a personal preference, but I wish they had more variety.”

Another viewer thought the models were not completely modest.

“One of the ladies needed a camisole or something under her blouse,” junior Scott Palmer said.

However, junior Jordan Lewis liked everything about the show. Sophomore Alisha Evans also shared his feelings for event.

“They had something to say about everything and it was stuff I wanted to know,” she said.


  1. I have many years of interviewing people for jobs. One thing that always surprises me is that candidates seem to have little understanding of how to look professional. I’ve heard the view expressed “I can’t afford to buy a suit”.
    Many interviewers understand that. I would not give negative marks to someone wearing clean and unripped jeans – if they were worn with a dark sweater (or something else non- flamboyant) and closed in dark shoes.
    One of my pet hates is women wearing flip-flops for a job interview!
    This sounds like a very helpful presentation.

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