How to Dress for a Professional Interview

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Dressing right for an interview is critical. First impressions are so important when you need someone to hire you. You can answer every question perfectly but if they aren’t impressed with your appearance, you may not be considered for the job. Here are a few tips on how to dress for an interview.

1. Dress The Part

If you are applying for a position at a restaurant where they wear black pants and shirts, wear your nicest black dress pants and a black button down shirt. It will help them picture you working for them. If you are applying for an office job, wear the nicest suit you have. I don’t care what they dress code is, always dress nicer than the employees. It will show that you are serious about the position.

2. Dress Conservatively

Unless you applying to be a stripper, dress conservatively. I guarantee you won’t get a job if you wear a low cut shirt, a short skirt or dress, or anything that you wouldn’t wear to church. If you do wear reveling clothes and get the job, it probably wasn’t because of your great college GPA. Dress conservatively and you will be respected and taken seriously.

3. Groom Yourself Properly

This goes along with how to dress for an interview because it also can affect that important first impression. You want your hair and make up to look professional. Keep the make up light and pretty. You want to look natural, not like you are going out partying. If you have short hair, keep it straight and in place. If you have long hair I recommend keeping it straight and in a low ponytail. If you wear glasses, I would wear them! They will make you look like you are serious about what you do and they will make you look just as smart as you are!

I recently had a few interviews and here’s what I wore:

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 Black pencil skirt, polka dot silk cami, quarter sleeve black cardigan, and a yellow and black necklace.

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Black pencil skirt, black and white polka dot suit jacket, black silk cami, and coral necklace.

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