Be Smart; Dress Smart

Many high school juniors wrapping up their school year now will be heading out for college visits over the summer and early fall. One thing that may happen during these visits is an admissions interview. We've discussed interviews before, but one of the most important issues frequently overlooked is appearance. You know the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression." Well, that's especially true for college interviews. Then, later in life, once you've graduated from college and hit the job market, interviews become a major factor again. The stakes may be a bit higher for job interviews because a livelihood hangs in the balance.

For both situations, you'll be putting your best foot forward. (I've often wondered if, indeed, we have a “best" foot. It seems to me that one would have a “better" foot, since we have only two. Anyway, why don't we care to put our “better" hand forward, which is what we do when we shake hands during a greeting? Just random, meaningless, inane observations from the mind of Dave.) I recall a story related to me by a former tennis buddy of mine. He and his family were on vacation when they decided to visit the campus of one of his high-school-rising-senior son's candidate colleges. It was a spur of the moment idea to visit. They had not planned a formal campus visit, but the school wasn't that far out of their way. So, they arrived and began strolling over the grounds by themselves, not with the official tour group. They became so enthused by what they saw, they thought this might be a good time to visit the admissions office. They did and Dad suggested to his son that he may want to ask if he could get an interview.

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