Talk About the Basics - Your First Wardrobe

Remember an interview is a formal situation, so it's important to be aware of the details of your appearance. It's best to keep the color of your clothing muted and understated. The focus should be on YOU -- not on your clothes.
The idea here is to avoid anything that could distract the interviewer. A clean and neat professional appearance is an important step in making a good first impression.
Quantity vs. Quality
The two-piece suit in navy, or charcoal is the fundamental piece for your first wardrobe. Don't skimp where quality is concerned. It is better to purchase 1 or 2 quality pieces then several garments that look and wear poorly. Purchase the highest quality garments you can afford. It is worth the expense to have a quality suit that fits and cleans well. A superior garment will serve you for a long time.

In Addition to the Suit
A white or light colored long sleeve blouse for women is appropriate. Button all the buttons on the blouse, including the very top button. Select a blouse that is not too sheer or low cut.

Basic Basics
Women should have the appropriate under garments on, depending on the color of their clothing. Pantyhose should be a neutral tone or sheer black and you should carry an extra pair.

Have your shoes polished and in good condition. Wear a dark shoe with a 1 - 1 ½ " heel without an open toe.

Carry either a leather notebook or a portfolio big enough to hold your résumé and notepad.

Accessories for your look can include what you wear as well as what you don't wear

Invest in a good haircut. Keep makeup to a minimum. Look clean and smart, not overdone. If you do wear nail polish on your short nails it must be subtle. Body piercing should not be visible. You may wear small tasteful earrings (one in each ear). The same rules apply for tattoos, now is not the time to show off your body art. Other jewelry items should be at a minimum.

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