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How to Dress for a Successful Interview

  1. For men in Philadelphia interviewing for a more conservative job, wear a dark suit such as black or navy, and pair it with a power tie. For more creative jobs, brown and beige are appropriate, but it could also help to add a little flair via a more expressive color pallete. A crisp white shirt is always a great option for any position, and should make you feel confident.
  2. For women interviewing on the Main Line, conservative colors are best in a dress, skirt or pants (i.e. no red). No mini skirts or anything low cut - you want the interviewer focusing on you, not your clothes.
  3. With respect to make-up, less is more. Keep it professional: be well groomed, but don’t go overboard.
  4. Shoes – conservative for everyone.
  5. No heavy jewelry or anything too gaudy – keep it simple.
  6. Be clean-shaven, have a fresh haircut, and make sure your fingernails are cut. Ladies: if you are wearing nail polish, keep it subdued.
  7. No strong perfume or cologne! Some people get headaches from perfume; this is not what you want your interviewer to remember.
  8. The most important thing to wear is a SMILE! It shows that you are relaxed and confident and makes the interviewer feel comfortable hiring you.
Peg Wahrman