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Career Prep - Dress for Success

When job hunting, first impressions are critical. Before you say a single word to the interviewer, you will have already made an impression based on how you’re dressed. That is why it is important to pay attention to how you dress for an interview. Typically, how much you dress up will be determined by the type of job you are applying for, but a good rule of thumb is to be more dressed up than less. Always dress conservatively and avoid anything tight, bright, short or sheer.

Dress for success checklist

Make sure you have:

  • clean and polished conservative dress shoes
  • well-groomed hairstyle
  • cleaned and trimmed fingernails
  • minimal cologne or perfume
  • no visible body piercing
  • well-brushed teeth and fresh breath
  • no gum, candy, or other objects in your mouth
  • minimal jewelry
  • no body odor
  • shirts tucked in
  • no odors on clothes; don’t smell like smoke
  • conservative colors and prints
  • well ironed clothes
  • minimal and natural looking make up
  • clean shaved; if you have a beard make sure it is neat and trimmed.

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