Things you should not wear on interview day
Have you been called for an interview? Here are seven things you should not to wear on interview day.
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- Inappropriate clothing.
If it’s low-cut, just say no. If it’s close to that line, find another shirt. You don’t want to spend the interview worrying that if you shift just a little, your neckline might slip down into “too much skin” territory. The same goes for clothes that are too tight, you may want to keep the attention on your resume.
- Clothes that are super-casual.
Even if you know ahead of time that the company where you’re interviewing is super crazy, you should still be on the side of
formality for your interview outfit. Never wear flip-flops, a hat, jeans, a t-shirt, or anything with an obvious brand written on it. You’ll have plenty of time to wear your casual gear later if the office dress code is laid-back.
- Clothes that don’t fit.
If your outfit is several sizes too small, it can distract from the discussion at hand. Make sure your clothes fit you as you are. If you can’t afford a new interview outfit, don’t stress, there are relatively inexpensive tailoring options that can make your lucky blazer fit again, or hem those pants so that you are not tripping over the ends.
- Clothes that show off your tattoos.
If you have a tattoo in an area like your lower arm or leg, cover it for the interview. You never know if you will be meeting with someone who is on the conservative side, or sees it as enough to affect their view of you.
- High-volume colors.
The best overall color palette for your interview outfit(s) is dark and/or neutral. You can still use accent colors, but again you don’t want your clothes doing the talking for you.
- Too many accessories.
Accessories are a great way to show a bit of personality and style sense, but try to limit it to one or two pieces that flow quietly with your outfit.
- Clothes that are dirty or ripped.
Above all, you should look neat for your interview. If possible, get your clothes dry-cleaned before interview day. But even if you’re doing it at home, make sure you give everything a once-over for stains, little rips, or other imperfections that could ding your composed image while you’re interviewing.