Dressing for a professional fresh graduate job opportunity is far different than schlepping into your first morning class where your professor doesn’t even notice you’re still wearing the bottom half of your pajamas. New grad jobs will require a certain professional dress code and the time to start looking the part is during the interview.
Top 5 Wardrobe Malfunctions to Avoid
Here some classic dressing mistakes that are easy to avoid when you score your first big entry level job interview at FirstJob.com:
Sandals - Yes, they’re convenient and popular during the summer, but they also scream “slacker” to your prospective employer. Shoes worn to a job interview should be formal closed-toe shoes, with a low heel, that convey a very professional appearance.
Shorts - Another summer classic that is a strict “no-no” in interviews is shorts. Interviewers are looking for someone ready to work hard in a professional environment, not someone who is clearly waiting for the interview to be over so they can hit the beach.
Distracting Jewelry or Accessories - Avoid dangling jewelry that makes noise, like clanging bracelets and watches that distract the interviewer when they bang against the table. If you have piercings opt for small studs that are subdued or flesh-toned studs to hide them, instead of accentuating them with big bling.
Flashy Colors - Do not wear flashy colors like red, yellow, orange, light blue, pinks, and so on to a job interview. Stick to neutral colors, like brown, dark blue, black and gray, that don’t convey anything except a no-nonsense business approach.
Perfumes and Colognes - You do want to wear deodorant, but smelling aftershaves and heady perfumes can backfire with an interviewer who is allergic or simply dislikes the scent. If in doubt, do without.
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