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Female Fashion Dos and Don’ts for a Job Interview

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Guest Contributor

When you finally get that callback about an application you put in weeks ago, you may start jumping for joy; any job opportunity during a recession is a reason for celebration.  But your shouts of elation may quickly turn to moans of dread as you peruse your closet and realize that you have NOTHING to wear.  Okay, so you do have a closet full of clothes, but you might not have the first idea about how to put together the ensemble that will end with your name on a plaque outside an office door.  So here are just a few dos and don’ts to observe when you show up for that long-awaited interview.

1. DO dress professionally.  You can’t wear jeans and a t-shirt to an interview, no matter how nice they are.  If you don’t have a suit, you likely have at least on blouse or oxford that you can pair with a skirt or slacks.  From there you should wear flats or professional heels (no stilettos, no open toes).  Choose neutral shades for your foundation pieces (suit, skirt, slacks) and add a pop of color with the top or cardigan.  This is a sleek and professional look.

2. DON’T show too much skin.  Ladies, it can be tempting to use every asset at your disposal to ensure placement at a good company, but you should resist the temptation to go with a short skirt or low-cut top.  For one thing, a female interviewer will not appreciate the effort and a male may see nothing so much as a lawsuit in the making (remember, the first interview usually occurs with an HR rep, and they know how to protect the company).  Plus, you want to get hired for your talent and expertise so that there’s no confusion later on about what’s expected from you.

3. DO wear natural makeup.  You’re not going to a club, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put in some effort with your hair and makeup.  The trick is to look as natural as possible while highlighting your best features.  So stick to toned-down shades that hint at a natural flush, accent your eyes, and play up your natural lip color.  You want to look healthy and naturally attractive.  Make sure to check for a makeup line on your jaw and lipstick on your teeth before the interview.

4. DON’T wear perfume.  Many people are allergic to various scents and artificial fragrance chemicals, so stick with your deodorant and possibly a lightly scented lotion unless you want to risk causing an allergic reaction at your interview.

5. DO add accessories.  Jewelry, shoes, handbags, and even brief cases can give your outfit a polished look, so be sure to throw in a couple of accessories.  Just don’t go overboard; take off one piece of jewelry before you leave the house.

6. DON’T look too expensive.  Showing up with a leather briefcase or diamond stud earrings is one thing, but if you’re wearing the crown jewels and waltzing around in Christian Louboutins at your interview, it may beg the question of why you even need a job (since you clearly have plenty of money).

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