First impressions are everything, right? So you want to make sure you are dressed professionally for your next job fair or interview and set the tone!
So what does that mean exactly?
Check out these tips to help you dress to impress!
Women's Professional Interview Attire
-Stick to solid colors (avoid patterns, but if you must stick to subtle ones and avoid those that will have them looking at your clothes instead of at your face.)
-A suit with a button up shirt worn underneath
-Mid-length skirt (a little below the knee and/or longer is fine) paired with a coordinated blouse
-Modest shoes (Closed-toe pumps are a safe bet and look very professional)
-Limited jewelry (avoid flashy, again the focus is on YOU)
-Neat, professional hairstyle
-Light makeup and very little perfume (one spray a few hours beforehand)
-Manicured nails (avoid chipped and overly bright nail polish, think neutrals)
Men's Professional Interview Attire
-Stick to solid colors
-Consider a conservative suit (if you can't wear a suit consider wearing your best dress shirt, tie, and slacks)
-Long sleeve button up shirt (again a solid color) and coordinating dress pants
-Conservative tie (stick to solids no crazy patterns, logos, etc.)
Dark socks paired with professional dress shoes (no sneakers)
Neat, professional hairstyle (grab a hair cut a few days before)
Trimmed/well-groomed facial hair
Go easy on the aftershave or cologne (it could overpower the interviewer)
Neat and clean trimmed nails
-Jeans, shorts, or ripped clothing
-Wrinkled clothes, scuffed or dirty shoes, chipped nail polish, etc.
-Showing too much skin (no shorts, short skirts, or low cut tops)
-Wearing clothes that are too tight/clingy or too baggy
-Wearing anything that makes noise (avoid charm bracelets, bangles, jangling keys, or fabrics that make a lot of distracting noise when you walk)
-Wearing too-casual clothing (no shorts, jeans, capris, spaghetti straps, tank tops, flip flops, sandals, or jeans)
-Ringing cell phones, they should be turned off or on vibrate at all times
-Chewing gum (that will turn any employer right off) pop a mint instead
Still stumped? Check out these interview clothing ideas for men and women.
Remember to prep a week before, so you can shop for clothing if you need to. Stores such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill also offer some great affordable options!
Try different things on at home and see how you feel in them! Once you are comfortable in your interview attire, you will exude confidence to prospective employers.