Nominations Interview

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  1. usna20233333

    usna20233333 New Member

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    Hi all,

    I was wondering if it would be acceptable for a female candidate to wear a pantsuit to a nominations interview? Or would it be better for one to wear a skirt?
     
  2. Pima

    Pima 10-Year Member

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    Either is fine, most importantly feel comfortable in it. There is nothing more distracting to the eye than an interviewee twisting and turning in their seat bc they are not comfortable wearing the outfit. Try it out a couple of nights before. Sit down in a chair for 10-15 mins., in front of your folks. Have them see if you are constantly pulling at the hem of your skirt while talking. Same with a pant suit, or you messing with the jacket?

    Also as a female, remove bracelets that can make noise when you move your hands. No big earrings (hoops/dangling) so when you shake your cranium they will divert their eyes to the movement. My DD does things when she is nervous. She will twist her hair if it is down. If you do that, than put it up so you can't twist it. She will twist her necklace or play with her ring, all subconscious, so she never wears jewelry except for the ring for any interview.
    ~ Search old threads, you will see jewelry is an issue for females.

    Additionally, make sure if you wear nail polish, nothing chipped. The 2nd thing they will see after meeting you, is the handshake. Nothing is more unattractive or eye getting than nail polish chipped down to the middle of the finger nails. You are left with a question of...seriously, you couldn't take a minute to remove it? It is okay to have funky colors. 1 friend's DD did the interview wearing green and yellow (French type manicure). She was a cheerleader for HS, which was on her resume. One interviewer remarked about the colors, and if they won their game last night and if it was homecoming? They had surmised that the reason her polish was that way was to show school spirit. The interview took a positive turn from that because all of the sudden it was about team spirit, dedication as a cheerleader, athletic strength needed while juggling academics. Not saying that the committee would not have gone down that path, but IMPO they saw her fingernails immediately as the 2nd impression.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    Either pants or a skirt would be fine. Whatever you wear, make sure not a hint of cleavage is showing. If you wear a button-down blouse, be sure there are no gaps between the buttons exposing skin (meaning blouse is too tight). Do not go overboard with makeup.
     
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    And refrain from wearing perfume, as well!
     
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  6. Dino10

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    How about for males? I figured full suit, but the letter says business casual. DS is thinking suit but w no tie. ??
     
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    It depends. It will be different in HI or AZ than Washington DC.
     
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    Think of it this way, dress for success, When my son interviewed last year in FL, the dress code ranged from ROTC/NROTC uniforms to polo& khakis. Someone in full uniform is going to look the part more so than polo shirt and khakis. My son wore dress pants, dress shirt w/ tie & a sport coat. I believe the interview starts the moment they walk in the door and check in not just when they go before the panel and answer questions.
     
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    @Dino10
    my poor DS walked in to rep interview last year... first thing he was asked? “ do you know your tie is crooked?” needless to say he felt he tanked but ultimately got a nom from that MOC
     
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    I have heard of the "crooked tie" question more than once. Some interviewers might even ask "do you know your tie is crooked?" just to see what the response is.
    I have asked things like that a few times in Eagle Scout Boards of Review. I like to tell them that their First Aid merit badge is sewn on their sash upside down, and see what they say.
     
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    My DS was crushed because he takes such pride in his appearance. Getting head shaved for A&M Corp in August was really tough on him... he had gorgeous hair. NOW he says showering rocks because it takes less than 10 minutes.

    He did say that because there was no mirror available he was not able to double check after the drive from home...
     
  12. Pima

    Pima 10-Year Member

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    I worked for a national men's clothier company. Business casual is not a suit with no tie. Sports coat, khakis and open button TAB collared shirt would be what we would sell them at the very high end.
    ~ FYI, button tab means the shirts have those tiny buttons on the collar. The collar sits up straighter around the neck more than a traditional point/spread collar shirt. Another option would be shirt, tie and khakis. We live in the NoVA area, so business casual impo is more dressed up than let's say NC.
    ~~ Our DS interviewed in NC. He wore Sunday best. Button down shirt, khakis and loafers, but no tie. He got all 3 noms.

    I do agree that this is the 1st impression, but I think sometimes people also lose sight of the bigger things.
    1. There are kids that can't afford a suit. The committee understands this aspect and although they may not know their financial background, as long as they followed the rule "business casual" they won't hold it against them for not wearing a suit.
    ~ As like with the females, if you are going the suit route, make sure you sit in at home a few nights before. As I stated I worked for a men's clothier...I can't tell you how many times I have swatted even 40 yr old men as they kept buttoning the bottom button of the coat. 18 yr old kids have to constantly be told NO. On top of that the majority are not accustom to sitting in a coat. They forget to unbutton the jacket, they tend to sit on the tail of the coat.
    ~~Now imagine you buy them their 1st suit. They are nervous, walk in with the jacket buttoned, and sits down on the tail. They are too shy/nervous to unbutton the jacket as they are sitting or shift to get off the tail of the coat. They will not be able to concentrate on the questions because the jacket is bothering them too much.
    Hence, for both reasons, the board wants them to feel comfortable so they can give their best.

    No flaming, if your kid wants to wear his suit or ROTC uniform go for it, but don't assume that impo it will give them an edge.
    OBTW last tip from my work world...WEAR an undershirt. Undershirts exist for 2 reasons. First, white dress shirts can be sheer. Second, undershirts exist to be a barrier for sweat, you don't need sweat rings when you walk in. Additionally if you wear a coat, the interior lining is typically silk or rayon...sweat on silk or rayon equates to stink later on!

    2. Control what you can
    ~ Guys, just like girls when you shake our hands the first thing we really notice will be your fingernails. Keep them clean and short. Unless, you can say immediately to them, forgive me for my fingernails, it is oil...my Dad and I are rebuilding a 1972 Ford Mustang and we just got the replacement carburetor yesterday, and replaced it this a.m. before coming here, than your nails should be pristine.
    ~ You do not need to shave your head. My DS had a lot of hair, just below the top of his collar. However, make sure it is manageable. Like females, if you are constantly sweeping it away from your face, than cut it, because it is a distraction at an interview. All I will remember is, oh, yeah I remember now, that's the kid that kept sweeping the hair away from his eyes. IOWS, they remembered you not at first because of your interview, but messing with your hair.
    ~ SHOES! That is a 1st impression too.
    ~~ Polish them including the heels. Nothing is more distracting to an eye as they cross their leg across the knee to see shoes that are scuffed and battered on the toes/sides especially against everything else that is perfect. Are you saying you didn't have the time to spend 10 mins to wax the shoes?
    ~~ Make sure they fit properly. Many boys are not accustomed to wearing dress shoes and that is like wearing a new suit on the day of the interview. Their mind is on OMG my feet are killing me bc I have been wearing them since we left home 3 hrs ago.

    Finally, as someone that has sold many times to MoC candidates for the interview, if your child wears blue, or light/mid grey and wants brown shoes let them get them. Black shoes are now for black suits only, and that is even not tried and true anymore. My DH is in his 50s, now at the National Defense University(NDU), prior at the Pentagon, wears brown shoes with every suit, but his black suit. It is stylish and professional. This is also true for his peers at the NDU. The candidate is 17 or 18 not 70. JMPO as someone in the men's industry.

    Good luck
     
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    There is nothing more dapper than wearing dark brown shoes with blue or gray pants. It’s not only sartorially sound, it’s downright studly!
     
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    Pima 10-Year Member

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    Honestly, I love the brown shoes with blue and gray, but I love the little lighter like cognac aka toffee color with a cap toe as the sharpest look especially since they blend in better with a khaki pant, making the customer's leg look longer from a visual aspect. I am a woman, and we do everything we can to make are legs look longer. :biglaugh:

    Back on topic!