Things You Shouldn’t Wear to a Job Interview

I’ve probably said this a dozen times but, yes, first impressions matter. Everywhere you go, people will judge you based on your appearance. That’s why dressing up for a job interview is crucial. Wearing the wrong interview clothes can cost you a job, even if your qualifications make you the perfect candidate. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of things you should never wear to any job interviews with some exceptions, of course.

Clothes that show too much skin

Employers normally don’t expect you to wear turtlenecks to the office, but you should be mindful of wearing low-cut shirts, short skirts or shorts, and other clothing items that may be inappropriate for the workplace. Some wardrobe and grooming choices are red flags for any employer, though, like wearing clothes that show off too much skin for a job interview.

Heels that make you trip

Heels can make you feel powerful, confident, and professional—until you lose your balance in front of your prospective co-workers. If you, however, do choose to wear heels to a job interview, they should be comfortable and easy to walk in. If you’re looking for a heel that conveys your qualifications and poise, keep your feet close to the ground. Avoid stilettos or particularly spiky heels, especially if you struggle to walk around in them. If you don’t feel comfortable in heels, there’s no shame in wearing flat shoes.

A lot of perfume or cologne

I know we all want to smell fresh and nice all day. So you may be tempted to go overboard with your perfume – don’t! One or two sprays is fine. Additionally, you may want to wear a subtle perfume to a job interview that’s not too overbearing. It may turn out that your interviewer is allergic to your perfume and get a sneeze attack. Yikes!

Anything that’s too trendy

Unless you’re interviewing for a job in the fashion industry, you’re probably going to want to keep your outfit on the conservative side. Wear neutral or earth tones, simple makeup and jewellery, and quiet patterns. Your interview look is probably not going to put you on a street style blog, but you want to be remembered for your confidence and abilities. Not your clothes.

A bulky bag

After carefully curating your interview outfit, it’s important to complement the ensemble with an appropriate bag. The bag you choose should be nice and in a simple colour. Keep it on the small side, if possible—nothing too big that it gets in the way or demands its own spot at the table. If your bag fills up too much space between you and the interviewer, you may be perceived as withdrawn or difficult. In order to communicate flexibility and friendliness in an interview, be sure to pack light and keep your bag off the desk.

Do you have an upcoming interview or making a big career move but not confident with your wardrobe? At Image Redefined, we help women transform their image in how they dress and carry themselves. Interested in an image consultation? Reach us by calling 0715315960 or emailing for an image consultation.

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