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Dress Without Stress For Your Next Job Interview

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Job Interview "Secret"

It may seem like a no-brainer! Get up, dress, fill your coffee mug, hop in your car, and drive to the job interview. You're sure everything will work out just fine. How complicated can it be?

Actually, it can get very complicated if you don't take time to prepare for the interview—your one shot at getting the job you want. It starts with getting dressed. The impression you make on the hiring manager will set the tone for what follows. Keep in mind the fact that you have just three seconds to brand yourself. How you look, the clothes you wear, the accessories you choose, the shine of your shoes (or lack of it), all add up to who you appear to be in the eyes of the hiring manager.

Do you look professional or casual? Mindful or tacky? Attractive or appalling? It's up to you. Therefore, considering using the following checklist when selecting the outfit you'll wear for your job interview.

WOMEN

A dress or pants suit and blouse

Low-heeled polished pumps

Small earrings that do not jangle or sway

Short or long hair appropriately styled

MEN

A suit and tie or slacks and sport coat

Polished lace-up shoes or smart loafers

Gold or silver wristwatch

Conservative-length hair neatly combed

Keep in mind the following taboos . . .

No shorts, jeans, cut-off pants, flip-flop sandals, low-cut necklines, sleeveless blouses and shirts, mini-skirts, jangly earrings and bracelets, scuffed shoes, or exotic outfits that are more suitable for a cruise to the Bahamas.

If you want to dress for success then dress without stress, following the guidelines provided here. Once you land the job, you may be able to relax your standards, depending on the dress code the employees follow. But until the job is yours, show up looking like the professional you are, the person eager to fill the position you are qualified to handle.

- Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets." Visit our friends at Job Interview "Secret" and discover Jimmy Sweeney's breakthrough strategy that will have you standing out from the competition like a Harvard graduate at a local job fair… DURING your next job interview.