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Top Job Interview Do’s & Don’ts for Women & Men to Dress for Success

Dressing appropriately for the interview is important.  Why?  Think about it.  For the interviewer, it is the first image of you when they first see you.  It is their first impression of you. Quite often I am asked “how do I dress for the interview if the employees dress casual.” 

 

Below are the top do’s and don’ts for women and men to think about when preparing for the interview.  Think, dress for success!

 

Do’s & Don'ts for Women

1. Do wear light make up.

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all.

3. Do wear conservative colors only. 

4. Do wear nylons and shoes with low heels

5. Do wear a business suit.

 

1. Do wear light make up. Do wear make up ladies.  Keep it light with mascara and conservative color of lipstick.

 

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all. Ladies, your cologne may offend the interviewer or may even be the cologne he or she is allergic too. Or, remind the interviewer of a former business or personal relationship, which could be a distraction to your interview.

 

3. Do wear conservative colors only. Conservative colors include navy blue, black, tan or any earth tone colors that compliment you.

 

4. Do wear nylons and shoes with low heels. Remember, for your first impression on the job interview, be conservative by wearing one or two inch heels.

 

5. Do wear a business suit. Wear a mid knee length skirt, a plain white or color appropriate blouse and jacket to the interview.  If Human Resources or the interviewer suggests you dress business casual, it is recommended to wear a pants suit with the jacket. Remember, even if the employees wear jeans to work or you are interviewing for a telecommuting position, you are not an employee yet.

 

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1. Don’t wear power colors.

2. Don’t wear too much makeup.

3. Don’t wear too much cologne.

4. Don’t wear 4 inch heels.  

5. Don’t wear jeans to a job interview.

 

1. Don’t wear power colors.  For example, red is a power color.  Leave the power in the hands of the interviewer.

 

 2. Don’t wear too much makeup.  Stay conservative with your makeup, ladies.  You do not know what impresses or offends the interviewer.  Be safe by staying neutral and being conservative with your make up.

 

3. Don’t wear heavy cologne.  It’s best to eliminate cologne. If you do wear cologne, it is recommended to keep it light. Remember, your cologne choice may just be the one she or he is allergic too and may offend the interviewer. Did you ever think your cologne could remind her or him of a past relationship and be a distraction from you, if only for a moment.

 

4. Don’t wear 4 inch heels.  Unless you’re applying for a job in the fashion industry and it fits your image of the job you are applying for, be conservative. Wear one or two inch heels.

 

5. Don’t wear jeans to a job interview. If the employers asks you to dress business casual, how do you dress? Ladies, business casual means you can wear a business pants suit. I recommend wearing a jacket with your pants. Even if you can wear jeans on the job, again, remember, you’re not an employee yet.

 

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Do’s & Don'ts for Men

1. Do wear conservative colors only. 

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all. 

3. Do wear a business suit and tie. 

 

1. Do wear conservative colors only. For example, wear a business suit in navy, black or tan.

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all. Remember, your cologne may offend the interviewer or may even be the cologne he or she is allergic too. Or, it may remind the interviewer of a former business or personal relationship.

3. Do wear a business suit and tie. If you are told it is business casual, eliminate only the tie.

 

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1. Don’t wear power colors. 

2. Don’t wear sunglasses in the interview

3. Don’t wear heavy cologne

 

1. Don’t wear power colors. For example, do not wear a red or bright orange tie to the interview. Leave the power in the hands of the interviewer.

 

2. Don’t wear your sunglasses in the interview.  Eye contact is important.  Let the employer see your eye contact. This sounds funny that anyone would do this, however, interviewers see it often.

 

3. Don’t wear cologne or wear it lightly.  Again, it is recommended to eliminate cologne.  You do not want to offend the interviewer.  You really don’t know what their pet peeves are at this point, do you? 

 

Today’s blog is a follow up of last week’s blog titled, “Land the Interview? 2 Ways to Dress for Success.” If you haven’t read last week's blog, I highly recommend you do. It will give you two great success stories of how dressing for success made the difference which greatly contributed to landing the job.

 

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