How to Dress for an Interview

When going to an interview, you want to make a great first impression. The first thing an interviewer notices is how you look and what you are wearing. Clanking jewelry, wild hair, heels that are too high, casual or faddish clothes and too much perfume or aftershave can all hurt your chances of being hired.

 Women’s Attire:

  • Conservative suit in a solid color
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Moderate shoes
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Tan or light hosiery
  • Limited makeup and perfume
  • Manicured nails

Men’s Attire:

  • Suit or blazer/pants combination
  • Dress shirt
  • Professional, up-to-date tie
  • Dark socks, professional shoes
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neat hairstyle, and well-managed beard
  • Not too much aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails

Do not show up to an interview with coffee, soda or chewing gum. Make sure your cell phone is on silent or turned off. There shouldn’t be any distractions during the interview. If you have a lot of piercings, leave some of them at home. A good rule is earrings only and cover any others (I know you’re proud of them).

Appearance does matter. It makes sense to dress your best for the interview. It is much better to be overdressed than underdressed, regardless of the dress code at the organization. Remember, the candidate dressed in a suit has made a better impression than the candidate dressed in jeans and a t-shirt.

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