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Dressing for success: 10 tips for how to dress for a job interview

Even though you just might be the most qualified applicant your potential employer has ever had the pleasure of interviewing, there's a way everything can still go south on you.

Yes, even if you're ideally qualified for a position and score a 10 on each question, dressing inappropriately can often be a deal breaker.
According to a recent study, just under 40% of interviewers decided not against an applicant based solely what they were wearing and their grooming.

Even if an interviewer doesn't rule you out based on your wardrobe, the harsh reality is what you wear matters. Check out our top 10 tips for what to wear and what to remember in a job interview below:

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Dressing for success: 10 tips for how to dress for a job interview

  1. 1. Dressing For Success. 10 Tips For How To Dress For A Job Interview
  2. 2. 1. Choose a Solid Color That Isn’t Distracting
  3. 3. You want the hiring manager to focus on you, not on your neon pink paisley vest. Instead of busy patterns and bold colors, choose solid colors that reflect your personality - but aren’t too loud or too dull.
  4. 4. 2. Suit up.
  5. 5. A bespoke well fitting suit will always give a better impression than a ready-to-wear suit. Invest in a tailor-made wool suit with two buttons that will allow you to walk into your interview exuding confidence.
  6. 6. 3. Show Sophistication With ‘Smart Casual’.
  7. 7. A jacket or blazer over a polo or collared dress shirt can work fine in some situations. Pair that with a great pair of trousers and you’ll have a perfectly presentable look. Women can get away with a decent skirt or a pair of trousers, but avoid flashy fabrics such as satin, lace, or chiffon. Avoid flashy costume jewelry.
  8. 8. 4. Ink, Piercings, and Facial Hair.
  9. 9. If you’re unsure of the company’s policy, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Take out facial piercings, and cover up tattoos until you know the lay of the land. When it comes to facial hair, keep it trimmed and clean. An unkempt beard screams “slacker.”
  10. 10. 5. Pay Attention to the Details.
  11. 11. Your choice of clothing might seem like a small factor in the larger scheme of landing a job, but making a winning impression with your wardrobe is more important than you think. It’s also a factor that’s completely within your control, so why wouldn’t you do everything you can to dress the part?
  12. 12. 6. Freshen up.
  13. 13. Make sure you have fresh breath! Brush your teeth before you leave for the interview, and don’t eat before the interview. Also. don’t smoke right before an interview.
  14. 14. 7. Don't Neglect Accessories.
  15. 15. Make sure your shoes are polished, brushed, or both. If you have a leather briefcase or purse and they’re still in good shape, now's the time to break them out. If you don't, a nice portfolio binder will do just fine. Just make sure they’re in tip top shape.
  16. 16. 8. Easy on the scents.
  17. 17. Make sure that deodorants, perfumes, and other heavily scented substances are kept in check. Provided you don’t ‘stink’, strong scents and heavy makeup can have a negative effect in a job interview.
  18. 18. 9. Dress comfortably.
  19. 19. You want to make sure that what you’re wearing makes you confident, professional - but comfortable. If what you are wearing creates discomfort or makes you feel vulnerable, your performance in the interview could be effected.
  20. 20. 10. Talk to someone who works at the company.
  21. 21. By talking to someone who works at the company where you're interviewing, find out what the ‘standard’ attire is for the employees. In some organizations, you may even be able to contact the human resources department to ask a hiring officer what he or she recommends.
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