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Hot Tips For Job Interview Dress

Job interview dress is nearly as important as your answers to the questions you'll be asked during the job interview. Once you know what's appropriate and what's not, you'll have peace of mind and a sense of confidence in choosing your clothing and accessories.

The best way to plan ahead is to ask ahead! In other words don't wing it. Inquire about the dress code - if there is one - from someone in the personnel department or from someone you know who works for the company you're targeting. In general, it's wise to dress professionally. For men that means a suit and tie, an attractive belt and shoes with a good shine. For women, a business pants suit or suitable skirt (not too short) and a blouse and jacket. Accessories play a part as well. Avoid swinging earrings, clanging bracelets or long necklaces that can get caught on buttons or zippers. In other words, avoid wearing items that draw excessive attention. Choose basic colors, style your hair conservatively, and select shoes you can walk in comfortably. An interview is not the place to wear a pair of stilettos for the first time!

What About Business Casual?

That's another option, which may be appropriate for the job you're interested in. If you hear that ‘business casual' is the norm then consider it for your job interview dress. Men would be appropriate in business slacks and a shirt without a tie, and a sweater or sports coat. Women could choose slacks or a skirt and blouse. Definitely not jeans or capris or shorts! You will be utterly safe in your job interview dress if you are a notch above what you see employees wearing. Better up than down.

Work environments that favor creativity, artistry, and so on, tend to reflect casual, even artsy attire. For example, if you're entering an art design department or you're going to work in a sculpting studio or music hall, you will likely find a wide variety of dress.

Dress For Success, Not To Impress

If you notice a de-emphasis on clothing, then you can be pretty sure the interviewer is going to focus on your answers to his or her questions and to the role you'll play if you join that establishment rather than on your job interview dress.

Therefore, ask and observe, and then make your choice depending on the modeling you see. You can never go wrong, however, if you make certain that you are neat, clean, conservative, and basically well groomed in a way that will not take the hiring manager's attention away from the point of the interview - which is to find out if you are suitable to fill the job opening for which you are being considered.