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What Not to Wear to a Job Interview

What Not to Wear to a Job Interview

If it really stands out, don't wear it!

Miami Herald

In an ultra-competitive job market, every detail counts on a job interview.

The wrong look, the wrong attitude or both can sink an interview fast. A survey by CareerBuilder.com showed that 46 percent of 3,200 hiring managers reported job candidates were dressed inappropriately.

But with the right look, lots of research and the right attitude, image experts and career advisors say you can get yourself remembered for all the right reasons and, ultimately, hired.

“People say appearance shouldn’t matter, that it’s what’s on the inside that counts,” said Kelly Machbitz, a Clearwater, Fla., image consultant, “but it’s that first impression that counts.”

When deciding what to wear, think conservatively, said Frank Kelly, who was named Esquire Magazine’s “Best Dressed Real Man” in 2007. He works with clients at the Community Partnership for the Homeless in Miami, prepping them for job interviews and building their self-confidence.

Kelly said to try on what you plan to wear for a friend or family member before the interview and ask them what stands out.