By: Zack Chan

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten comments like “Lookin’ good,” or “Why are you so dressed up?” as I stood in the lobby of my building waiting for a bus to take me to an interview.  Different interview attire gives different impressions.  Some make spectators say “Wow this guy looks professional,” while others give off an impression that you can’t be taken seriously.  For men there is, of course, the standard suit:  tie, belt, collared shirt, and dress shoes (minus the tie and belt for women).  Here are a few pointers to help you prepare for your next interview.

Matching Socks and Suit: When businessmen wear light-colored socks (or bare ankle) with a dark-colored suit, it’s awkward.  This is a mistake I recently noticed I’ve made before, showing up with low-cut socks instead of dark dress socks. If wearing a skirt, women should stick with a neutral shade of pantyhose.

Minimum or No Jewelry: Jewelry seems like a minor issue for men but I myself have an earring and I always forget to take it out for interviews.  For women, it is recommended that jewelry is limited (no dangling earrings or excess bracelets).

Make-Up and Perfume: Make-up is also a big issue.  Limit the amount you apply sticking with neutral shades. The same goes for perfume, make sure the scent isn’t overpowering.  Men should also be aware of how much cologne they wear – maybe cut the morning Axe ritual short by a few sprays.

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