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How to Choose Interview Accessories

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Interview Accessories
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Everyone knows that it's important to wear appropriate attire to your interview, but your accessories matter, too. How you accessorize is important.

When wearing accessories to an interview, less is more. It's important not to overdo the accessories - you don't want to make too much of an impression. It's also important to choose accessories that will enhance your interview attire - not overwhelm it.

Keep the cologne and perfume to a minimum, maintain a professional hairstyle and if applicable, natural makeup, and don't overdo the jewelry. Here's more on how to choose interview accessories.

Jewelry
Women should avoid dangling earrings and arms full of bracelets, and men should wear little or no jewelry other than a watch and/or wedding band. No jewelry is better than cheap or loud jewelry. When it comes to piercings and tattoos, depending on where you are interviewing, you may want to consider covering your tattoos and taking out your rings.

Hats
Don't wear a hat to a job interview regardless of the type of job you are applying for. On a related note, don't wear hoodies or any other type of sweatshirt or sweatpants.

Shoes
Don't wear flip-flops or sneakers. You won't make a good impression. Also avoid really high heels and platform shoes. Closed toe pumps in a neutral color are best for women. For men, slip-on or lace-up dress shoes are the best bet.

Belts
If your pants or slacks have belt loops, wear a belt. It will tie your outfit together. Your belt should match your outfit and/or your shoes and bag.

Pantyhose
The question of whether women should wear pantyhose on a job interview creates a lot of discussion on this site and the answer was overwhelmingly yes.

Hair and Make Up
Less is more when it comes to hair and make up. Be subtle and don't over do it with make up. Keep your hair style simple, as well, and no scrunchies or big hair clips. The same holds true for nail polish. Your nails shouldn't be overly long and your nail polish shouldn't be too bright a color. You don't want the interviewer to even notice your nail color. An example of not accessorizing correctly is the woman who showed up to interview for a job at a company I worked for wearing a bright red dress, matching nail polish, and candy apple red spiked heels.

Perfume and Cologne
Just as you should dress somewhat conservatively during an interview, you should also be conservative with your perfume or cologne. Some people are more sensitive to smell than others. In fact, scent is one of the strongest senses; your favorite perfume or cologne might be the same scent the interviewer's ex-girlfriend or ex-husband wore. Don’t let subliminal negative impact ruin your chances at getting a job. In this case, less, if not none, is better.

Portfolio / Purse
A portfolio is a great accessory. You can store extra copies of your resume and your list of references. Or, you may want to consider a large purse or a small briefcase that can hold all your belongings, plus what you need for the interview. Stick to neutral colors, regardless of which option you select.

Coats
If you can leave your coat in your car, I'd do so. It's easier than having someone hang up your coat then having to retrieve it after the interview.

How to Dress for an Interview
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