The surprising things you should never wear to a job interview

Eliza Velk
Junior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Everyone knows it’s crucial to prepare for a job interview. You research the company, you practice your answers, and you make sure to arrive on time.

But what many people still seem to overlook is the importance of your outfit choice.

“In general, what you wear is a reflection of who you are and a lot of first impressions are based on the visual, even before the person speaks,” said expert Pamela Jabbour to

Pamela recommends familiarising yourself with the company dress code and making sure you dress to match the status of the job.

This scene in The Devil Wears Prada is a perfect example of not fitting into the workplace culture. Source: 20th Century Fox

For instance, if you’re applying for a senior managerial or financial role you’ll want to suit-up and dress professionally.

However, if you’re going for a marketing or creative role, you can go for a smart-casual look and even ad your own quirky flair if you’re into that.

While that is the general rule of thumb, there are also some serious no-nos that you really need to be aware of.

One surprising one for women is open-toed shoes. Even if you think they look good, according to Pamela open-toed shoes are always best to be avoided.

Your outfit says a lot about you and impacts how employers see you. Source: 20th Century Fox

“Open-toed shoes for girls or any form of sandal or thong is a bad idea,” she said before suggesting heels a good way for women to add that little something extra to their look.

“Jeans and T-shirts, and anything sparkly or overbright with a pattern that detracts from you as a person” are also out of the mix.

According to Pamela the best colours to wear include navy, charcoal, black and white.

Similarly, make sure you’re not wearing anything too revealing or potentially see-through!

“It’s really distracting to try and stay serious when someone’s lacy bra is poking out — it’s not a good look.”

Try to avoid bright colours and anything that is too distracting. Source: Getty

It may sound like a lot to take in but really, the key takeaway points are to dress according to the current workplace culture, arrive looking neat and smart and try to avoid anything that may distract the employer from listening to your prepped responses.

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