How to Dress for a Job Interview – Women
Perfect grooming is your first assignment when you interview for a job, whether you want to be a CEO or an entry-level factory worker. To a prospective employer, how you dress says a great deal about you.
Dress Up Tips
- Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
- The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
- Coordinated blouse
- Conservative shoes
- Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
- No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
- Professional hairstyle
- Neutral pantyhose
- Light make-up and perfume
- Neatly manicured clean nails
- Portfolio or briefcase
- Call the receptionist or secretary at the prospective employer’s office for tips on what employees there wear.
- Consider the job’s location. If it’s a library in a strip mall, you can wear a sweater and slacks. At a corporate office, wear a conservative business suit. A pantsuit with a sweater or blouse is appropriate for an informal office.
- Choose between closed-toe shoes, pumps and loafers. If you are wearing a skirt, nylons are a must.
- Avoid miniskirts, tight sweaters, sloppy overalls and sandals with straps.
- Check your outfit for holes, tears, stains, scuffs or wrinkles.
- Tone down the use of makeup, hair spray, perfume and jewelry. One nose ring is one too many and may cost you the job of your dreams.
- Inspect your hair, nails, hems and the shine on your shoes.
- Wear a silk scarf and carry a nice briefcase or portfolio. Leave the oversized, disorganized handbag at home.
- You have one chance to make a first impression; it’s better to dress too formally than to dress too casually.
- Trendy is fine, as long as you keep your style subtle. Clothes make a strong statement about you. What do you want to say?