How to Dress for a Job Interview - "For Women"

Perfect grooming is your first assignment when you interview for a job, whether you want to be a CEO or an entry-level factory worker. To a prospective employer, how you dress says a great deal about you.

1 Call the receptionist or secretary at the prospective employer's office for tips on what employees there wear.

Consider the job's location. If it's a library in a strip mall, you can wear a sweater and slacks. At a corporate office, wear a conservative business suit. A pantsuit with a sweater or blouse is appropriate for an informal office.

3 Choose between closed-toe shoes, pumps and loafers. If you are wearing a skirt, nylons are a must.

4 Avoid miniskirts, tight sweaters, sloppy overalls and sandals with straps.

5 Check your outfit for holes, tears, stains, scuffs or wrinkles.

6 Tone down the use of makeup, hair spray, perfume and jewelry. One nose ring is one too many and may cost you the job of your dreams.

7 Inspect your hair, nails, hems and the shine on your shoes.

8 Wear a silk scarf and carry a nice briefcase or portfolio. Leave the oversized, disorganized handbag at home.

Tips & Warnings

*You have one chance to make a first impression; it's better to dress too formally than to dress too casually.

*Trendy is fine, as long as you keep your style subtle. Clothes make a strong statement about you. What do you want to say?

Things You'll Need

*Silk Scarf
*Women's Blazers
*Women's Closed-toed Shoes
*Women's Dress Coats
*Women's Dress Pants
*Women's Dress Shirts
*Women's Suits
*Women's Sweater Vests


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