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What NOT to Wear for an Interview

Updated: Apr 23, 2021

Here are some tips on what NOT to wear during an interview, internship, or a networking event.

Man wearing plastic costume glasses and a moustache, a red stripe shirt, in front of a gold streamer background.

Don’t wear any underwear that is visible; Bras, bra straps (even if your bra straps match your top) briefs, boxers or thongs.

Rumpled or stained clothing: Casual is OK if you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed! Business casual for men means khaki pants and collared shirt with close toed shoes. Business casual for women means dark tailored slacks or skirt and tailored blouse. No Flip-flops, tube tops, shorts or jeans.

Sunglasses on top of your head, hats or headphones around your neck: Be sure to remove all your "transit gear". Leave tools of your trade at home.

Too-short skirts: Forget what you see on the 'The Apprentice'. If you wear a skirt it should cover your thighs when you are seated. Don’t show cleavage or belly!

Heavy makeup!

Ill-fitting clothes. Few people can wear things straight off the rack. Spending a little extra to have your garments tailored is a worthwhile investment.

Carrying a backpack instead of a portfolio: Some image consultants suggest you ditch your purse, too! Don’t forget to bring your portfolio!

Strong aftershaves, perfumes or colognes: Many people are allergic to certain scents. For a subtle fragrance, use good quality bath soap.

If nail polish is worn, make sure that it is not chipping off. Nails should look clean and be trimmed to a length that doesn't leave an observer wondering how you keep from stabbing yourself!

Socks that don't match shoes, or socks that are too short and leave a gap of flesh when they are seated!

Wear this instead!

Collage of people wearing formal business attire

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