by Matt Alderton | October 16, 2018
When you're hunting for a new job, how you look during your job interviews can be just as important as how you perform during them.
"When you show up for a job interview, you're trying to make a good impression," says Monster contributor Kate Ashford. "What you wear has to be on par with your impressive resume."

Start with the basics: Dress up, not down. "Attire that is always inappropriate for a job interview includes flip flops, wedge sandals, ripped jeans or shorts, tank tops, halter tops, sandals, strapless tops and dresses, and athletic attire like yoga pants and sneakers," etiquette expert Devoreaux Walton, founder of, tells Ashford.

Skirts and suits are obvious choices. Less obvious, however, is how they should fit. "Do yourself a favor and wear pants and jackets that fit properly," Temeka Thompson, president and career coach with Next Level Solutions, tells Ashford. "Take your garments to your local dry cleaner or tailor so they can properly hem and tailor your clothing. If you appear sloppy, the hiring manager may perceive that the work you produce is also sloppy."

Don't forget to accessorize -- minimally. "Wild or bright prints can be jarring to an interviewer, as can your shoulder-length chandelier earrings. Keep the noisy or chunky jewelry for another occasion," advises Ashford, who also suggests skipping cologne or perfume, which can turn off interviewers with sensitive noses. "Skip fragrance for interview day and let the sweet smell of success fill the air instead."

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