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Alison Doyle

Job Interview Dress Code

By June 27, 2013

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Interview OutfitsI received an email the other day from someone who wondered what happened to the dress code for job interviews. She said that she'd seen more applicants lately in ratty jeans and sneakers or flip-flops than dressed in interview appropriate attire.

Is there a job interview dress code, anymore, she wondered. The answer, in a nutshell, is yes. It does matter what you wear to a job interview. When you are dressing for a job interview the image you present matters, even if you're applying for a part-time job at a local store. Your image is what makes the first impression on the interviewer, so it's important to dress appropriately when interviewing.

Regardless of the type of job you're interested in, you want that first impression to be a great one. When dressing for an interview for a professional position, dress accordingly in business attire. If you're applying for a job in a more casual environment, a store or restaurant, for example, it's still important to be neat, tidy, and well-groomed, and to present a positive image to the employer.

The same holds true if you're interviewing at a startup - here's what to wear to a startup job interview. And, even if you're a teenager going on an interview for a first job, what you wear matters, too.

Here are examples of what to wear:

Read More: What Not to Wear to a Job Interview | What Not to Wear for Teens | Interview Fashion Faux Pas

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