What women should wear to a job interview
There are a couple of main rules to keep in mind when dressing for a job interview: it's better to dress conservatively.
As to the first statement, you never want to be remembered for what you wore. Try to have your clothes be the least noticeable thing about you.
Here are some little tips to keep in mind when dressing for the interview:
• Yeah, it might look good, but if you'd wear it to a date or dancing, you shouldn't wear it now.
• Suit: Wear a two-piece matched suit. Pantsuits are beneficial in that you don't have to worry about being exposed when sitting or getting out of vehicles. They should be creased and tailored and not too tight.
If you wear a skirt, make sure it covers your thighs. Sit in front of a mirror and see how it looks; that's how your interviewer will see you. It should be at least to the knee; longer is fine so long as you can walk still. No high slits in the skirt; if there is one, it should be a small one in the back or on the side.
• Color / fabric: Navy, dark gray, brown and black are safe. Avoid extremes. Choose a solid or very subtle weave pattern or plaid (the kind that look solid across a room). Wool, wool blends, and high quality blends and synthetics are apprpriate.
• Shirt / sweaters: Underneath the suit jacket, wear a tailored blouse in a color or small print that goes nicely with your suit. A good quality knit is also good to wear under the jacket. And, of course, no cleavage!
• Jewelry / accessories: Wear a conservative watch. Keep your choices simple and leaning toward conservative. Avoid extremes of style and color. It depends on the industry; some may go for more creativity, but generally keep it simple.
• Cosmetics: Keep makeup conservative. A little is usually better than none for a polished look. Nails should be clean and well groomed. Avoid extremes of nail length and polish color.
• Shoes: Should be leather or fabric / micro fiber. Choose closed-toe pumps. No matter what's in style, avoid extremes; no stilettos or chunky platforms. Make certain you can walk comfortably in your shoes; no stumbling!
• Hosiery: Should be plainly styled (no patterns), sheer (not opaque) and in neutral colors that go with your suit. Avoid high contrast between your suit and hosiery color.
• Purse / bag: If you carry a purse, keep it small and simple, especially if you also carry a briefcase. Its color should go with your shoes. Leather is the best choice for briefcases; micro fiber or fine wovens are also acceptable.
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