6 Mistakes to Avoid When Dressing for an Interview

The devil can be in the details when it comes to making the right choices about what to 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.
  • 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 earringsImage and no noisy 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.  
  • Avoid wearing anything low cut, sheer, too short or too tight.   

About Kate Perrin

Kate Perrin is CEO of PRofessional Solutions, LLC, the Washington, DC area's only public relations temporary staffing firm. PRofessional Solutions, founded in 1994, was named one of the 25 largest staffing agencies in the metropolitan area in 2015 by the Washington Business Journal. It's also proud sponsor of Washington Women in Public Relations and the Public Relations Society of America's National Capital Chapter.
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