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What to Wear to an Office / Administrative Interview

Check out the dress code before your interview so you make the best impression.

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When preparing for an interview for an administrative office position, one of the details you want to pay close attention to is your attire. What you wear may affect your chances of being hired, as well as your potential for advancement within the company.

It's a good idea during your research about the company to try to find out what their dress code is and it's fine to ask the person who schedules the interview about appropriate attire.

If it is strictly business attire, you need to dress in your most conservative suit, with accessories to match. This means navy or grey, for men and women.

Office / Administrative Interview Attire

Men should wear a white or pastel shirt, conservative tie, dark socks, and dress shoes. Women can choose a skirt or pant suit, both should be worn with a blouse, hosiery, and closed toe shoes with a conservative heel. Make sure that piercings and tattoos are covered, except for minimal conservative earrings in the ears of women. Jewelry and hairstyles should be classic, and men and women should both carry a briefcase with resume, pad, working pen, and breath mints. Leave the cologne off, let clean and freshly laundered be your signature scent.

Business Casual Plus

If what you learn is that people generally dress in business casual, your best choice is still going to be to dress in business attire, but you can add to your options.

Men, for example, can choose to wear a pair of dress slacks with a coordinating blazer in a conservative color. Shirt and tie should remain conservative, staying with a pastel shirt and appropriate tie. Dark socks and polished dress shoes are a must.

Women will have the option of a pair of dress slacks, skirt, and coordinating blazer as well, worn with a blouse, or sweater. Hosiery and polished closed toe shoes are essential.

Always minimize tattoos and piercings in a business environment, keep hair styles and make up conservative, and bring your briefcase to house your resume, pad of paper, working pen, and breath mints.

Save your cologne for the clubs, and let how clean and well groomed you are make their own excellent impression.

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