Everyone always says not to judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately, appearance does count in the work world. You need to look put together and professional at a job interview, or you could turn a future employer off completely. What you wear can make or break how the hiring manager perceives you and whether you will get a call back. Dress to impress and land the job you want with these interview attire tips:
• If you are interviewing for a position in a traditional field like finance or accounting, you should wear professional business attire. For both men and women, this means conservative suits and men should wear a tie. Women who wear a skirted suit should wear hose; bare legs can be seen as tacky. Also, avoid too high or stiletto heels; opt for lower pumps that are not flashy.
• For more casual fields like information technology, graphic design or public relations, it is best to ask whoever has contacted you for an interview what you should wear. There is nothing wrong with asking and you will feel much more comfortable when you know specifically what you should be wearing. If they say business casual, a suit is not necessary but you should still wear dress pants or nice slacks and a collared shirt or nice blouse. Avoid jeans or anything that is ripped or has holes.
• If you are not sure what to wear, opt for a more conservative look. It is better to be overdressed at an interview than under dressed.
• Some clothing items you should avoid are open toed shoes (never, ever wear flip flops unless your interview is at a pool), excessive amounts of jewelry, anything that shows a lot of cleavage, clothing that does not fit (too tight or too big tops and pants) and anything that has a loud color or pattern. Always tone down your look and err on the conservative side.
When it comes to hair and make-up, for men make sure that your hair is neatly combed and you are either clean-shaven or have groomed your facial hair. For women, use a light hand when applying make-up and avoid bright or garish colors. Make sure hair is brushed and if it is long consider wearing it back in a low ponytail or bun.
Focus on presenting a polished, professional appearance and you will make a good first impression at your next interview.
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