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3 Mistakes to Avoid in Dressing for a Job Interview…for Women Only

dressing tips job interviewsTips for dressing professionally for the big day

Getting a job interview is a big step in the job-search process. It means the employer has selected you as one of the key contenders for the position, and wants to know more about you.

Preparing your questions and responses is the most important step, but figuring out what to wear to a job interview is important too. You want your clothing to communicate that you are a professional who is serious about the job opening. So be sure to avoid these common mistakes!

Mistake #1. Dressing too casually. Keep it professional!

  • Business suits are still the standard attire for business interviews. Pants suits or skirted suits are both okay. Make sure your suit fits well. Choose a two-piece suit in a solid dark color.
  • If you cannot afford or borrow a suit, you can wear a nice blouse and dress pants. Make sure everything is ironed and fits you well.
  • Don’t wear overly revealing clothing. Make sure your skirt covers your thighs completely when you are sitting. Avoid revealing necklines.
  • Wear conservative closed-toe shoes that match your outfit.

Mistake #2. Over-accessorizing/making a statement. Keep it simple!

  • Keep your jewelry simple and unnoticeable. Large earrings, nose rings, or tongue rings will be distracting.
  • Avoid bright fingernails. Keep them somewhat short and choose a moderate color.
  • Don’t wear perfume and avoid heavy makeup.
  • Avoid unusual hairstyles or unusual hair colors.
  • Cover your tattoos and body piercings when possible.

Mistake #3. Looking disorganized or distracted. Stay focused!

  • Don’t bring a large overstuffed pocketbook to the interview. This makes you look disorganized.
  • Just bring a small portfolio-sized binder, copies of your resume, your list of references, and a pen.
  • Don’t answer your cell phone and check texts during the interview. This makes you look distracted, and conveys that you are not taking the interview seriously.
  • It is best to turn off your cell phone and put it away for the entire interview.

Using these interview tips will help you look professional, serious, and ready for the job. Now it’s time to take a deep breath, and get ready to ace that interview!


These interview tips are courtesy of the Salter School for Nursing and Allied Health. Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, our school trains tomorrow’s nurse practitioners, nurse’s assistants, and patient care technicians. For more information, give us a call or contact us online.  We can’t wait to hear from you!