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What to Wear to a Job Interview

Possibly even more stressful than the questions you are going to have to answer, you are
going to have to find the perfect outfit to wear to a job interview.  You want to look
professional and like you are going to fit in with the company.  A good rule of thumb for
men is that you can’t overdress for the interview – shirt and tie or a suit is always a safe
choice.  For women, picking the clothes is more challenging.

For both men and women, pick an outfit that you feel comfortable in and that fits you
properly.  You don’t want pants that are too tight or a shirt that is too snug across the
chest.  It will be a distraction for both you and your interviewer.  Along the same vein,
pick colors that suit you but aren’t too bright or patterns that are overly bold.  You want
the focus to be on your answers, not what you are wearing.

Remember too that your overall appearance is going to be judged, and this includes more
than the clothes you are wearing.  Hygiene and grooming: be clean, neat and tidy.  It is
probably best not to wear a strong scent – chances are you will be in a small room and it
could make others uncomfortable.  Your finger nails should be short and clean, your hair
clean and tidy, and have mints with you or brush your teeth immediately before leaving
for the interview.

You may wonder what all of these details has to do with your qualifications and getting
the job.  It has to do a lot with it, especially if you are going to be dealing with the
company’s customers face-to-face.  The company will want to hire employees who are
going to represent the company in the best possible light.

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July 14, 2008 - Posted by | Job interview | , , ,

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