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Summertime Interviewing Tips

Heat waves are unpleasant any time, but really inconvenient if you are trying to stay cool for your dream interview. Even though sweat is nature’s way of cooling our bodies, it is most unpleasant. Here are a few tips to help you look cool and confident, even when the heat index tops 100 degrees.

Summer Interviewing Tips (Photo: iStockphoto)

Cool Threads
Go with natural fibers and loose-fitting clothing so air can circulate through your clothing. Synthetic fabrics tend to stick to your body and don’t allow air to circulate. Lighter colors absorb less heat. Opt for a white or beige colored shirt under your suit.

Showing Skin
Although peeling off a layer may help you feel cooler, it will undermine your professional look. Ladies, reach for a short-sleeved top rather than a tank or strappy top. Men, long-sleeves are always best.

Under Control
You can’t always control when and where you interview. If given a choice, select an early morning interview time. There are other ways you control the situation on a hot day. Allocate fifteen or twenty minutes to cool your body indoors before entering the interview site. Get a drink of water. Pack a spare shirt just in case you perspired during your commute. Men, splash a bit of cool water on your face. Ladies, bring compressed powder. You don’t want to enter with a shiny nose or flushed face.

But most importantly, don’t let the heat throw you off your game. Try these tips so you can focus on your interview message. If you are self-conscious, you will not project the confidence to win the job.

Debra Wheatman is a certified writer and career coach who has guided the professional development of thousands of clients globally. She is reachable at

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