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What to wear for an interview

The basics you need to know when preparing for an interview

Upon graduating from college, every college student should have at least one suit they wear for interviews. It should be tasteful and either in black, gray or navy blue. About.com has a great guide to dressing well and here are some of my favorite points to remember.

Ladies:

If you’re wearing a pantsuit, make sure it’s hemmed correctly. If you choose a skirt ensemble, make sure you can sit comfortably in it without pulling a Britney Spears getting out of a limo and you flash something you shouldn’t to your interviewer.

Also, make sure you stay in the conservative arena: i.e. tasteful shoes and jewelry. Make sure your hair is neat and not crazy or windblown.

Gentlemen:

Boys, feel free to look for a tie that is also tasteful, but still reflects your personality. For instance, I wouldn’t do “Spongebob Squarepants,” but if you’re favorite colors are blue and green, a striped tie wouldn’t be all that crazy.

Don’t pull a Dwight Schrute either. Long sleeves are ideal, as well as a belt and dark socks. Oh and speaking of “The Office,” make sure you don’t have Jim Halpert hair either. Keep it neat. This way, you’ll look good giving your job interview answers.

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