Northland nursing graduates have been given a helping hand on how to look their best for job interviews after NorthTec teamed up with Dress for Success.

NorthTec's nursing department has been working with Dress for Success to ensure its graduates make a great impression when they go for job interviews.

Representatives from the Whangarei-based non-profit organisation have been at NorthTec to help third-year nursing students prepare for work.

Nursing lecturer Jeanette Briscoe said that after studying for three years it was often difficult for graduates to afford smart interview clothes, but it was really important to make a strong first impression by dressing appropriately and professionally.


She said that NorthTec has been working with Dress for Success Northland for the last two years, preparing each class of third year students as they are approaching the end of their studies and facing their first interviews for nursing jobs.

Two students, one male and one female, are secretly selected for a Dress for Success "makeover" and are referred to the service to work with Executive Manager, Rosemari Daly. Clothes, shoes and accessories are chosen to suit each person, and alterations made when necessary.

The well-dressed and groomed students are then presented to their class, and Rosemari explains why each article was chosen. The students have the opportunity to discuss the best look for a job interview, including appropriate make-up and hairstyles.

Ms Briscoe said Northland DHB, which interviews a large number of NorthTec nursing graduates each year, had given excellent feedback about the level of presentation and interview-preparedness shown. Visit for details of how to donate items to the organisation.