Perfume and Cologne
You have to be very careful with the perfume and cologne you wear for a job interview even if it smells good. Your interviewer can be allergic to some kinds of perfumes, so you should not bathe in your cologne when going for a job interview. Also, the scent is one of the strongest senses and your favourite perfume or cologne might be the same scent the interviewer’s ex-girlfriend or ex-husband wore. That subliminal negative impact could squash your chances of getting a job offer. With any type of scent, less, or none, is better.
Tattoos and Piercings
Depending on where you are interviewing, you may want to consider covering your tattoos and taking out your rings. There are a lot of companies that have policies which limit both.
What Not to Wear on a Job Interview
- Flip-flops or sneakers.
- Underwear (bras, bra straps, briefs, boxers, etc.) that is visible. Don’t wear any underwear that shows – even if your bra straps match your top.
- Skirts that are too short.
- Pants that are too low-rise or too tight.
- Blouses that are too low-cut or too short – don’t show your cleavage or your belly.
- More on underwear and low-rise pants – make sure the top of your thong, if you wear one, doesn’t show above your pants.
Also take note of these points:
Don’t wear shoes you wear twice a year
You should wear shoes you’ve broken in so you can walk comfortably. You have to walk comfortably in order to project confidence, so make sure your footwear is properly broken in and that it won’t pinch your toes or rub a hole in your Achilles’. Even if you have to take a step down in fabulousness, it’s worth it for your overall carriage.
An oversized bag
Women have this habit of carrying oversized bags everywhere, a bag filled with a water bottle, a makeup bag and a whole lot of other things they don’t need during an interview. An overstuffed bag could signal the fact that you aren’t able to edit out extraneous details. Leave the floppy tote at home for one day and carry a smart, structured satchel instead. If you need to bring a portfolio or binder, it’s perfectly OK to carry it separately under the other arm.