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Once you get that all important interview, how you dress may be the determining factor on whether you get the job.

Alison Doyle of The Balance Careers has some basic wardrobe advice on what to wear that may make your first impression the one that gets you the job.

1) Keep the bright, flashy colors to a minimum. While everyone knows that short hemlines and plunging necklines aren’t acceptable for a job interview, wearing an inappropriate dress that’s also a bright, flashy color, like red, simply makes this situation worse.

2) A blazer does not upgrade the rest of your outfit. While a blazer is a good go-to choice for almost any interview, be mindful of what you wear underneath. Inevitably, the deep-v formed by the blazer’s lapel creates a plunging neckline.

3) Go light on the perfume or cologne. Take it easy on the perfume and cologne, as you never know if your interviewer might have an allergy or aversion to strong scents.

4) Leave the earphones at home. While it’s fine to listen to music on your commute to the interview, take them off before you enter the office, and stow them away before you’re called in for the appointment.

5) Be careful about casual. Unless you are sure of the company culture being casual, remember to be professional.

6) Avoid looking to dated. In a competitive job market, everything matters – including your overall appearance. If your wardrobe is outdated, or if you have been out of the workforce for a while and your closet reflects it.

7) Don’t overdue the makeup. While it’s important to look your best, loading on makeup is not the best way to go about it.

8) Traditional ties make the best impression. Even if you think your tie will make a statement, err on the side of caution and stick with something that’s more traditional.

9) Keep accessories to a minimum. Both women and men should keep accessories to a minimum.
For further details see Alison’s article at TheBalanceCareers.

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