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Quick Guide on the Do's and Don'ts of Interview Outfits

Deciding what to wear for a job interview

Dressing appropriately for an interview ranks high on the list of stressful dressing situations.  It always comes down to striking a balance between looking professional whilst still showing your personality. Curating a look that aligns with this is not an easy task, and there's one major question worth considering before you begin. Are you interviewing at a corporate company or a startup? If it's the former, you may want to play it safe and show up in formal business attire (think: blazers, suits, trousers, pencil skirts, etc.). 

We recommend dressing one step above what you would typically wear every day in your job. So if you will be wearing business casual, we recommend you wear a suit to the interview. If you will be wearing jeans every day to your job, then dress pants and a nice blouse would be appropriate for the interview. However, we always say it's better to overdress than underdress for an interview. You tend to feel your best when you look your best!

Millennial-led startup companies, however, tend to take more liberties with their dress codes and welcome more relaxed threads.

Here are some tips for dressing for an interview:

FOR WOMEN:

  • Avoid excessive make-up and jewelry. Less is usually best. Make sure that your hair style and color is also conservative and modern.
  • Do not use perfume or strong body washes/sprays.
  • Do not wear clothing that is too tight, shows cleavage, or is too short. Also avoid lace, sheer, and animal prints. If you choose to wear a skirt to your interview, it should hit right above the knee and you should wear pantyhose.
  • Do not wear open toed shoes or stilettos. You should be comfortable walking around in the shoes you choose and they should look polished.
  • The colors you select should not be overly loud or trendy. Suits should be black, gray, or navy. It is okay to add some color with your blouse, but it should not distract from your overall appearance.
  • Your fingernails should be well shaped and do not use nail polish (clear is acceptable).
  • Carry either a professional, conservative purse or attache case.

 

Lets put it into practice

TIPS FOR MEN AND WOMEN:
  • Don't forget to SMILE!
  • Display good hygiene- be freshly showered and brush your teeth right before the interview if possible.
  • Do not chew gum or candy and do not smell like tobacco.
  • Make sure your clothing is free of wrinkles, tears, and stains.
  • Be cognizant of how tattoos and piercings will be accepted in your industry. It's typically advised to cover up all tattoos and take out any piercings that are not in the ears.
  • Try on your outfit several days in advance of the interview in case you need to buy new clothing or borrow clothing from a friend or family member.
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