What Should I Wear to a Job Interview?

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What Should I Wear to a Job Interview?

The answer used to be simple. Business attire simply included a suit & tie or skirt & blazer and heels or well-polished shoes. Today, the answer can be much more complicated! Here are some basics to help you get started!

Basics on grooming:

Good grooming and personal appearance is all part of the overall impression you send.

  • During an active job search period, keep your hair trimmed and clean. Men, that includes the beard.
  • Nails for men and women should be clean and short or manicured. If polished, keep colors neutral
  • Tattoos: Tattoos are part of the uniform in certain industries and not desirable in others. For a first interview and until you get a sense of the office norms, try and minimize tattoo exposure.

Day of the interview:

Whether you come from home or get dressed on the way to an interview consider the following:

  • Carry a small mirror and toothbrush, and tissue or handkerchief.
  • Brush your teeth and check your overall appearance before entering the office.
  • Especially if you are nervous, arrive a few minutes early so that you feel calm and bring your heart rate and body temperature to a stable level (I have interviewed candidates who were sweating through most of the interview – don’t let that be you!)

Careful attention to your appearance is part of the overall positive message you will send a recruiter or hiring manager.

Enjoy your job search and good luck! If you would like more information and help in the interview process, please contact us on dmatson@careeramplify.com


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