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10 Job Interview Dress Code Faux Pas

July 16, 2013

Did you know that showing up to a job interview with a questionable outfit can be enough to cost you the job? It doesn’t seem fair, but the truth of the matter is employers really do care that you show up to their office dressed appropriately.

When you think of inappropriate interview dress codes, the first things that come to mind are walking into the office wearing cut-up jeans, a tee-shirt, and a baseball cap. While these clothes are obviously wildly inappropriate for an interview, you can also make a bad impression simply by mismatching outfits. With that in mind, here are the top 10 things you should never wear to a job interview:

  • Should you decide to wear a tie, make sure that it is silk and no less than a quarter inches wide with patterns and colors that are not distracting. In other words, leave you “Garfield” tie at home.
  • Have nose or other facial piercings? Take them out before you head in for your interview.
  • Along the same lines, cover up any tattoos you have.
  • Sneakers, stilettos, open-toed shoes, or sandals.
  • Strong aftershaves, perfumes, or colognes should be avoided. The hiring manager might not like the smell or, even worse, could be allergic to it.
  • Heavy make-up.
  • Women: Avoid fishnet stockings, patterned hosiery, or bare legs.
  • Overly bright or large-patterned clothing.
  • Rumpled or stained clothing.
  • Suits that still have price tags on them.

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