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What NOT to wear to a job interview

The Herald Sun recently posted an article on what not to wear to a court appearance. This got us thinking, what are the biggest fashion faux-pas when going to a job interview?

Dodgy shoes:

Save your sneakers for the gym and your flip-flops for the beach. Women should wear heels, although flats are becoming more socially acceptable these days provided they don’t look shabby. For men, dig out the formal shoes you wore to your last wedding or black-tie event, and make sure they’re polished.

Underwear on the outer:

Underwear is just that – it’s meant to be worn under your clothes. Never wear underwear (bras, bra straps, briefs and boxers) that’s visible – this includes briefs that rise above your pants. Women should also think about investing in some seam-free underwear and steer clear of colour-coordinated bra straps.

Less is definitely not more:

Forget plunging necklines, short skirts and midriff tops – you’re going to a job interview not a nightclub. The same applies for tight pants, don’t do it! Men should also be wary of the plumber’s crack, unless of course they’re going for a job as a plumber...

Denim = disaster:

No matter how comfy they are, jeans do not belong at a job interview. Dressing down for such an important occasion makes you look laid-back and lazy. If you want to be taken seriously, dress for success.

So now you know what not to wear, what should you wear?

As the old adage goes, first impressions count. Make sure you dress the part. As a rule of thumb, black pants and a white shirt is the standard for any industry, from health care to hospitality. Women should wear a suit or midi skirt with a matching blazer, while men should always bring their suit jacket. As soon as it turns into a corporate environment, wear a tie.

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