Pass the Job Interview: Dressing for an Interview

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In today's economy and fiercely competitive job market, in order to pass the job interview, you must look as good in person as you look on paper. The image you present on a job interview is very important, as it is what makes the first impression. The hiring manager or interviewer  are looking for the perfect candidate; and will make their first judgement of you based on your personal appearance - what you wear and how you look. First impressions play a big role in shaping one's opinion of you, so be sure to dress appropriately.
 
Job cultures vary, but if you do your homework on the job and company you are interviewing for, you will get a general idea of what to wear.  Nevertheless, you want to be well-groomed, neat and clean.  If you are not sure what to wear, don't be afraid to ask the person scheduling the interview or just err on the side of caution.
 
 

Business-Casual Attire

This is a less dressy, more relaxed but still a professional look and is more a fitting for companies where a suit is not apart of their daily culture.
 

Women 

Clothing: knee length skirt or slacks with cardigan, blouse or jacket
Shoes: neutral color hosiery with closed toe shoes
Accessories: very little
Makeup: light and naturally applied
Hair:  neat
Nails: trimmed and manicured
Scents: little or none
 

Men

Clothing: slacks with button down shirt, tie optional
Shoes: dark socks with dress shoes
Accessories: belt must match shoes
Hair:  professional haircut
Scents: little or none
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Business Attire

This is an informal more dressed up look, suitable for white collar companies or workers. This dress code is is made up of more conservative fabrics, styles and colors.
 

Women 

Clothing: suit, dress with jacket, knee length skirt or dress slacks ensemble with conservative blouse and matching jacket
Shoes: neutral color hosiery with closed toe shoes
Accessories: very little jewelry
Makeup: light and naturally applied
Hair:  neat
Nails: trimmed and manicured
Scents: little or none
 

Men

Clothing: suit or dress slacks with jacket, long sleeve shirt, tie
Shoes: dark socks with dress shoes
Accessories: belt must match shoes
Hair:  professional haircut
Scents: little or none
 
A portfolio or briefcase is also appropriate for both.
 
 

Tips: 

During the hot summer days an unlined suit and light weight fabric may be more suitable choices.
 
Ladies, no plunging neckline or skimpy tops and keep the skirts at knee length.  Closed toes shoes which means no sandals.
 
Men, stick to black or navy blue suits, grays are also acceptable.
 
 
The way you dress for a job interview will tell the hiring manager you are taking the opportunity seriously and that you understand what it takes to be successful - the personal skill set, the perfect answers, and the image to go with it.

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