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How to Dress for an Interview

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Keep it simple and undistracting. Guys and gals, if you choose to wear jewelry or a watch, make sure it doesn’t clash with the rest of your outfit.   Don’t wear a gold watch and a silver belt buckle and a briefcase with brass hardware.  Again, stay away from anything that looks cheap or worn.  If your watchstrap is on it’s last leg, buy a new watchband, a new watch, or go without.  Don’t wear plastic pearls, fake gemstones, or metals made to look like silver or gold.  You want to look like a million bucks, not a faux million bucks.


This is another item that has a big impact on the first impression.  A lousy tie makes for a lousy outfit, and you can spot a cheap, old, or out of date tie in a second.  You’ll need to go out and buy at least one good one to go with your outfit.  By the way, keep the tie simple.  Keep away from crazy zig-zags, Escher designs, and novelty patterns like repeating golf bags or Disney characters.  You can wear those to the office later, after you have the job.  Tie tacks and variations on the tie tack with little chains and clips are not are not appropriate for the interview.  Leave the tie jewelry at home.

Socks and Hose 

Socks and hose are visible too, so you’ll want to make sure they coordinate with what you have on, are unblemished, and are of good quality.  Ladies, if you will be wearing a skirt, hose are a requirement even if your legs look fabulous without them and it is110 degrees outside.  For whatever reason, it’s considered unprofessional to go without, so invest in a few good quality multi-packs for your interviews.  Hose with runs are unsalvageable, so don’t even try – nothing says “cheap” like a run in a stocking.  It’s a good idea to tuck a spare pair in your handbag or briefcase in case of emergency. 

Have a well thought out interview outfit planned beforehand and you will have one less thing to worry about.  Having a great professional outfit will help ensure you make a positive impression, and will give you a boost of confidence when you need it most - during your interview.

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