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Every job applicant should make a good impression and that includes dressing properly for an interview.

 

According to Career Service Network of Michigan State University, before a job applicant says a single word to the interviewer, he or she has already made an impression based on how he or she is dressed.

Although every company has its own dress code, the career network pointed out that “how one dresses at the job may have very little to do with how you dress for an interview.”

So, how should a job applicant dress for an interview (initial, second or final)? Here are guidelines provided by the career network that are deemed appropriate.




For men:

*Wear a suit (matching jacket and pants, dress shirt, tie, coordinated socks and dress shoes). A dark suit goes well with a light-colored shirt. When in doubt, don a conservative attire (dark slacks, short or long-sleeved polo and dress shoes).

*The suit should fit you well so that you look and act your best.

*Avoid wearing clothes in loud colors and flashy ties.

*Clothes should be neat and pressed.

For women:

*Wear a suit with skirt or pants or dress conservatively.

*The suit should make you comfortable and fits well. If the waistband is cutting you in half or your jacket is too tight, it prevents you from looking and acting your best.

*Suits should be simple and dark-colored. Anything tight, bright, short, or sheer should be avoided. There are interviewers who have complained about the length of interviewees’ skirts and it is best to take note that if you have any doubts, your skirt is probably too short. Knee-length skirts are advisable while very long skirts – even if makes the interview look modest – are also considered “too trendy”.

*Don a conservative blouse with your suit. Do not wear a blouse that’s brightly-colored, has animal prints, lacy, sheer, or low-cut. Keep hair accessories and jewelry to the minimum.

*Wear shoes that are conservative in style and fairly low-heeled.

*Wear hose that is neutral or matched to your skin tone.

*Clothing should be neat and pressed.

“While it may be appropriate to dress more casually for a second interview, you must still dress professionally. It’s much better to be too dressed up than too casual. A good rule of thumb is to dress like your boss,” the career network said. GAC/Expat Media

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