It’s not the most riveting topic for most of us, but it’s still important to discuss the appropriate type of clothing to wear when you are preparing for a job interview or a job fair. While the position that you want will play a big role in how formal or casual you’ll have to be, you should still look polished and presentable, no matter what you choose to wear on the big day.
For men, there are a few things to keep in mind to start.
First things first, ensure that your facial hair is well groomed. Shave the stubble, and if you have a beard, mustache, or goatee, ensure that it is trimmed back and tidy. Men with longer hair should either cut it or have it styled in such a way as it is out of the face.
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A suit and tie is ideal for pretty much any job interview or job fair. Remember, even if it is a little formal for the place you want to work in, it is always better to err on the side of being slightly overdressed rather than underdressed.
If the workplace is obviously on the casual side, a pair of well-cut, dark wash jeans with a button-down shirt and blazer may be appropriate as well. But always wear business appropriate shoes or boots.
For women, some of the more important things to remember include the appropriate makeup for a job fair or interview. While a woman should ideally wear makeup, it should be kept as neutral as possible. Jewelry should be subdued and never flashy, and is best kept to a minimum.
Women have more clothing options than men.
The most popular choice is a standard business suit and blouse, with either a skirt that falls at or just below the knee or business slacks.
A woman also has the option of wearing a business appropriate dress.
But if the dress is sleeveless a blazer or cardigan should be worn to cover the arms and shoulders.
Regardless of gender, you should remember to cover up any visible tattoos. Keep in mind that you want to present a clean slate to your employer. You are showing off your skills and your abilities as an employee – there will be plenty of time later for your personality to show through.
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