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How to Dress for Job Interviews

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How should you dress for job interviews?

Dressing for Success

How important is proper dress for a job interview? Well, the final selection of a job candidate will rarely be determined by dress. However, first-round candidates for an opening are often quickly eliminated by inappropriate dress. This is not to say you should go out and invest in a new wardrobe, just be sure that you are able to put together an adequate interview outfit.

Generally, a professional-looking dress or suit with low-heeled shoes makes the best impression. In more conservative industries like law and banking, a suit is a safer bet than a dress. At the same time, some hiring managers in “creative” industries like advertising and publishing look for a more informal, stylish look that reflects the applicant’s individuality. Use your best judgment and wear whatever is both professional and comfortable for you.

Top personal grooming is more important than finding the perfect outfit. Be sure that your clothes are immaculately clean and well-fitting, that your hair style is neat and businesslike, and that your shoes are clean and attractive. Avoid excessive jewelry, makeup, or perfume.

Be sure to bring a watch, pen, and pad of paper for taking notes. A briefcase or portfolio, if you have one, will help complete the look of professionalism. Avoid carrying purse if you can-it may detract from your professional image. And don’t forget to take a few extra copies of your resume!

Clean and Conservative

How important is proper dress for a job interview? Well, the final selection of a job candidate will rarely be determined by dress. However, first-round candidates for an opening are often quickly eliminated by inappropriate dress. I am not suggesting that you rush out to buy a whole new wardrobe, but that you must be able to put together an adequate interview outfit.

For a man, a clean, conservative two-piece suit, white dress shirt and simple tie is the basic corporate wardrobe.

Women should either wear a relatively conservative dress or a suit. In traditionally more conservative industries, such as investment banking, a suit is a safer bet than a dress.

Remember, top personal grooming is more important than finding the perfect outfit. Careful grooming indicates both thoroughness and self-confidence.

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