Mistakes to Avoid When Dressing for an Interview

From the March issue of “Smart Solutions”, PRofessional Solutions’ e-newsletter:

The devil can be in the details when it comes to making the right choices about what tojob interview suit-women wear to an interview. After selecting the right clothes, try to avoid some of these accessory pitfalls:

  • For women, don’t wear open-toed shoes. Choose a conservative, closed-toe heel. For men, wear black, not brown, shoes.
  • Avoid strong fragrances. Don’t wear perfume or cologne and don’t eat pungent foods before interviewing.
  • Choose simple jewelry, nothing too large, trendy or noisy. Wear no more than one ring on each hand, one set of earrings and no bangle bracelets that could distract the interviewer.
  • Remove visible body piercings and cover tattoos. You may view them as showing your creativity but the interviewer could be negatively influenced by them.
  • Don’t have unkempt nails, chipped polish or wear dark or trendy colors.
  • Choose a neat, simple hairstyle.

    Save edgy hairstyles for the weekend.
  • Avoid wearing anything low cut, sheer, too short or too tight that could distract from your skills.

For examples of what to wear to a communications job interview:

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About Melanie Jordan

Melanie Jordan is Managing Director of PRofessional Solutions, LLC, a public relations temporary staffing firm located in Washington, DC.
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