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Knowing the right job interview dress code can make all the difference between looking like a professional in a job interview and looking like an amateur. Just as important, knowing that you are dressed appropriately for an interview gives you peace of mind. You don't have to worry about that aspect of the interview anymore. You've got it covered and can focus your energy on giving the best possible answers to the interview questions. Ultimately, you won't know if you've chosen the right job interview dress or not until the day you show up. There are some things that you can do before that day, however, to make sure you get it right.

The best way to know the expected job interview dress code is to ask. When you arrange the interview, casually inquire about what you should wear. Chances are that most employees, especially those who work in an office will tell you to dress professionally. For men, this means a suit and tie, with well-shined shoes and a decent looking belt. For women it means a professional skirt and jacket or pantsuit. In addition, it's important to consider your accessories. Professional attire means you do not wear anything that draws excessive attention to you. For that reason, basic colors are safest, jewelry should be kept to a minimum and your hair should be conservatively and neatly styled. Use cologne and perfume sparingly, if at all, and strive to dress like the people currently in the office, but perhaps a step up. After all, you are the one most interested in impressing them to get the offer.

Other Job Interview Dress Options

If the answer to your job interview dress query is something like business casual, your options may be confusing. Business casual typically means a pair of business slacks for men and a shirt with a collar, but no tie. For women, it means slacks or a nice skirt and blouse combination. In no case does it mean jeans or shorts. Again, the best way to choose what to wear is to look at the attire of people already working for the company. Then go a step further. As a general rule, a job interview is one place where you would rather be just a bit overdressed than underdressed.

If the answer to your job interview dress question is casual, chances are you are entering a field where creativity and individuality are highly prized. Ad agencies, the music business, high tech and some entertainment companies are like this. In such cases, once again, try to be just a bit more formal than the people already working there. However, in these environments, the way you dress isn't quite as important as it might be in a corporate office. By taking attention off the dress code, you can assume that management is saying the interviewer intends to judge you based on your qualifications and answers to your questions, not on your clothing.

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