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Top 4 Things Your Interviewer Does NOT Want To See

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Getting ready for an interview: black suit, pearls, and black heels.Classic and pretty. (Photo by Ashley Jones, 2015.)

Getting ready for an interview: black suit, pearls, and black heels.Classic and pretty. (Photo by Ashley Jones, 2015.)

Top 4 Things Your Interviewer Does NOT Want to See

During an interview, the people interviewing you will ask a lot of personal, detailed questions. However, there are really three primary things they want to know before offering you the job:

  1. That you are going to show up on time, ready to work.
  2. That you are going to do the job, and do it well.
  3. That you can handle yourself around customers and other employees.

There are only so many questions an interviewer can ask, so they have to rely heavily on their gut feelings. The way you dress and carry yourself tell the interviewer a lot about you. They don’t need to know that you’re a weekend dare devil, or the life of the party, so downplay those characteristics by dressing more modestly. It’s not about lying; it’s about not distracting the interviewer from what you really want them to see – you.

Here are the top 4 things the person interviewing you does NOT want to see…

1. Too much skin

  • Remember the dress code from middle school? No skirts above your fingertips.
  • No low-cut blouses, meaning no cleavage at all.
  • Nothing with cut-outs, such as an open back (even if it’s covered with see-through material).
  • No open-toed sandals, even if they have a heel.

2. Anything too revealing

  • Don’t wear anything see-through. If you’re not sure, wear a proper tank-top, camisole, or slip underneath or find something else to wear.
  • Don’t wear anything tight, especially leggings. If you’re not sure if it’s tight, it’s tight. Find something else.

3. Anything too distracting

  • Avoid extremes, such as earrings as big as bangle bracelets or dark, evening-style makeup.
  • Don’t wear anything you think makes you look “sexy,” such as thigh-high boots or 4-inch stilettos.
  • Animal prints can give off the wrong vibe, so avoid them, too.
  • Hide your tattoos. Many businesses don’t allow them to be visible in the workplace.

4. Anything too casual

  • Don’t wear the clothes you throw on to run to the store. That means no jeans or shorts, even the ones with matching blazers.
  • No casual shoes, such as tennis shoes, deck shoes, or – especially – flip flops or sandals.
  • Nothing with writing on it, especially advertisements or large logos.

Remember, this is about putting your best foot forward. Let the interviewer see all those great qualities that will help you be an asset to their business. Good luck!

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