How to Dress for a Job Interview

Dressing the part for a job interview can be as important as what your resume says about you. Underdress, and you may not be taken seriously. Perfect grooming is your first assignment when you interview for a job, whether you want tips for How to Dress for a Job Interview.

* Call the receptionist or secretary at the prospective employer's office for tips on what employees there wear.

* Consider the job's location. If it's a library in a strip mall, you can wear a sweater and slacks. At a corporate office, wear a conservative business suit. A pantsuit with a sweater or blouse is appropriate for an informal office.

* Choose between closed-toe shoes, pumps and loafers. If you are wearing a skirt, nylons are a must.

* Avoid miniskirts, tight sweaters, sloppy overalls and sandals with straps.

* Check your outfit for holes, tears, stains, scuffs or wrinkles.

* Tone down the use of makeup, hair spray, perfume and jewelry. One nose ring is one too many and may cost you the job of your dreams.

* Inspect your hair, nails, hems and the shine on your shoes.

* Wear a silk scarf and carry a nice briefcase or portfolio. Leave the oversized, disorganized handbag at home.