13 Things to Never Wear to a Job Interview (Watch Video)

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When deciding what to wear to a job interview, it’s just as important to know what not to wear as to what to wear. Your goal is always going to be to make the best impression. Your image is going to be the first thing a potential employer is going to notice. In order to make a good first impression, you should dress appropriately and separate your social image from your professional one. Even if you are interviewing at a small startup, it’s important to not dress too casual. Knowing what not to wear will help you do that! Check out this list of never to wear items to an interview.

1. Flip Flops and Sandals

Toes need to be hidden.

2. Pants with Holes

Leave your distressed jeans for the club.

3. Bright Colors

Bright colors can distract the interviewer. Go for more subtle colors or earthy tones.

4. Short skirts

Too short is anything over 2 inches above the knee. A pencil skirt is a much better choice.

5. Shorts

I mean hello NO. You’re not going to the park people.

6. Sneakers

Your black sneakers do not count as dress shoes.

7. Blouses that are low cut or show your midriff

You’re not trying to get a date ladies. You trying to get a job. Cleavage is a no no.

8. Undergarments that show

Nobody wants to see anybody’s undies or bra straps. Cover those up!

9. Jeans

Black jeans do not count.

10. Strong Perfume or Cologne

Trust me it will be the only thing they remember if you give them an allergic reaction.

11. Too Much Makeup

Keep a natural look, avoiding dark eyeshadow, bright lipstick or heavy foundation.

12. Keep Accessories to a Minimum

Keep it simple with a pair of stud earrings instead of hoops. Try not to look to bedazzled.

13. Cover Tattoos and Piercings if you can

To be on the safe side I would cover any tattoos and take piercings out for a job interview. Once you get the job then you can ask the hiring manager what their policy is on these. Better to be safe than sorry!

Bonus #14 – Make Sure You Stay Wrinkle Free!

If you show up a wrinkly mess, it won’t look too professional! You can learn how to properly iron your pants at this post.

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Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

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Erin is a fashion enthusiast, all-around craftsy girl, marketer, and devoted mom. She’s been with Wardrobe Hackers since day 1, as the author and “star” of our very first blog post and Youtube video. Before joining Wardrobe Hackers, Erin had her own custom wreath-making business (Front Door Décor) and prior to that, she managed key accounts with Enterprise. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two young girls and a beagle that sheds (a lot!).

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