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WHAT TO WEAR

Your verbal introduction is not the first statement you make when walking into an interview. Your attire is. It is important to dress appropriately and confidently. An inappropriate outfit will give your potential employer a poor first impression and set a negative tone for the interview from the beginning. Follow some basic guidelines and you will give a strong first impression before you are even thinking about it.

Do's
  • Wear a suit. This is not a must, but it is usually the best and safest choice. It shows that you are professional and serious about the interview.
  • Iron your clothes. Wrinkles look sloppy, and again, you want to look professional
Men-Do

Men

  • Wear dark socks. They should be mid-calf length so when you sit, no skin is visible.
  • Shave. If you have facial hair, it should be well groomed. Keep in mind that certain companies do not permit facial hair.
  • Style your hair. Your interviewer shouldn’t be concentrating on your bed head, they should be concentrated on what you’re saying.
Women-Do

Women

  • Wear pants or a knee-length skirt. Your skirt should cover your thighs when you sit. Short tight skirts are not appropriate for a work environment.
  • Wear conservative fabrics and colors. You want your experience to speak for you. You don’t need your clothes yelling “Look at me!” Keep patterns simple and colors light or neutral.
Do's
  • Wear sneakers. Women wear conservative closed-toed pumps. Men wear dark leather shoes.
  • Wear jeans. Even if the work environment is casual, dress business casual at the least.
  • Show tattoos. Cover them up when possible.
Men-Do Not

Men

  • Douse yourself in cologne. You don’t want your interviewer so focused on how strong you smell that he isn’t giving you his full attention. Also remember, strong smells give some people headaches.
  • Wear piercings. If you normally have earrings or other piercings, remove them. They are unprofessional, and should you get the job, your employer is likely to ask you to not wear them to work anyway.
Women-Do Not

Women

  • Show cleavage. This is extremely inappropriate and you will not be taken seriously. Rely on other assets, like your intelligence and enthusiasm, to get you the job.
  • Wear dramatic, dark, or bright colored makeup. Keep it conservative and go for a natural look. Remember, less is more.