Interview Blunder: Inappropriate Attire
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What are some things to consider avoiding in terms of interview attire?
Although not every job interview requires a suit or other formal attire, there are some pretty safe bets when it comes to things that are outside the scope of what you should wear on that important day. Here are some things you may want to keep in mind when choosing your outfit:
- Creative jobs may give more leeway in terms of interview/work attire, but you should still try to be appropriate. If you are interviewing for a job as a creative director, let your portfolio show your vision; not your outfit.
- Go easy on the jewelry. Less is more for an interview, and if you have any unusual piercings, you may want to consider leaving them out for the day.
- Crazy nail colors, briefcases or purses shouldn't be what is making your first impression.
- Short skirts, poorly fitted suits or outdated clothing are all liable to make a very poor statement about you if worn to an interview.
- Loud colors may be distracting and overbearing in an interview setting.
It can be difficult to gauge what attire is and is not appropriate for a particular job interview, as some jobs are far more casual than others. For example, a web copy editor may have a more casual dress code than a banker; but that doesn't mean you should show up for an interview in jeans and a t-shirt. It's always better to err on the more formal side for your first meeting with someone from the company. It shows respect for the person and the position.
If you want to go the extra mile, you can always call the human resources department and ask about the dress code. The answer can help guide you in choosing an outfit that is appropriate.