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What to Wear (and What Not to Wear) to an Interview

When you dress appropriately, you are really putting your best foot forward. If you look and feel good, you will likely have more confidence going into the interview. It will also show the interviewer you are serious about working for their company.
Below are some tips you should follow when picking out your interview outfit.

1. DRESS APPROPRIATELY
Always be up to par with the attire of the business or a step above. You can gauge what to wear by researching a company’s culture. If you are working with a recruiter you can always ask them what to wear if you are unsure. Most US companies have gone to business casual. However, European base corporations tend to dress up more… think full suit. ALWAYS have clothing well ironed.
Men: Collared dress shirt (not golf shirts), nice pants (no jeans) and a blazer. If interviewing at a more conservative company, a two-piece suit.

Women: Pant or skirt suit, conservative dress. No low cut tops or miniskirts.

2. CLEAN NAILS AND SHOES
It might seem silly, but having clean nails and shoes shows a level of professionalism. Women should wear closed toed shoes, and if nails are painted make sure they are not chipped.

3. DON’T WEAR BOLD CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
This includes loud colors, prints, accessories, sunglasses, bags, etc. All of these things will distract from the interview. You want your work history and story to stand out!

4. BRING A NOTEBOOK, PEN, AND EXTRA RESUME(S)
It’s important to take notes during an interview, so be prepared. Remember, you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. Another upside to taking notes, you can refer back to them when you are writing your Thank You notes to make them more personal. It’s also never a bad idea to bring extra copies of your resume (unwrinkled).

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