Other contenders, according to a CareerBuilder.com
survey of hiring managers, include candidates with dirty
fingernails, micro-miniskirts, t-shirts with offensive
slogans and even bare feet!
No one needs 'Queer Eye's' Carson Kressley to tell them that
wearing shoes to an interview is a good idea, but could you
be guilty of one of these top 20 fashion faux pas?
1. Carrying a backpack or fannypack instead of a
briefcase or portfolio: Some image consultants suggest women
ditch their purse, too!
2. Sunglasses on top of your head or headphones
around your neck: Be sure to remove all your "transit gear"
and tuck it in your briefcase before entering the
3. Too-short skirts: Forget what some of those gals
on 'The Apprentice' are wearing. Your skirt should cover your
thighs when you are seated.
4. The wrong tie: Ties should be made of silk, no
less than three and a quarter inches wide with a conservative
pattern. Image consultants say the best colors are red or
5. Overly bright or large-patterned clothing: With
the possible exception of creative fields like advertising or
computer programming, it's best to stick with navy, black or
6. Heavy makeup on women (or any makeup on a
7. Earrings on men: In fact, men should avoid wearing
any jewelry unless it is a wedding ring, class ring or metal
8. More than one set of earrings on women
9. Facial piercings, tongue jewelry or visible
10. Ill-fitting clothes. Few people can wear things
straight off the rack. Spending a little extra to have your
garments tailored is a worthwhile investment.
11. Long fingernails, especially with bright or
specialty polishes. Nails should look clean and be trimmed to
a length that doesn't leave an observer wondering how you
keep from stabbing yourself.
12. Unnatural hair colors or styles. Remember, Donald
Trump was a billionaire well before he began wearing a
comb-over. If you're balding, try a close-cropped cut like
Bruce Willis or Matt Lauer.
13. Short-sleeved shirts, even worse when worn with a
14. Fishnets, patterned hosiery or bare legs (no
matter how tan you are). Women should stick with neutral
color hosiery that complements their suit.
15. Men whose socks don't match their shoes, or whose
socks are too short and leave a gap of flesh when they are
16. Rumpled or stained clothing: If interviewing late
in the day, try to change to a fresh suit beforehand.
17. Scuffed or inappropriate footwear, including
sneakers, stilettos, open-toed shoes and sandals
18. Strong aftershaves, perfumes or colognes: Many
people are allergic to certain scents. For a subtle
fragrance, use a good quality bath soap.
19. Belts and shoes that don't match: Shoes and belts
should be made of leather or leather-like materials and the
best colors for men are black or cordovan.
20. Telltale signs that you are wearing a new suit.
Remove all tags and extra buttons -- and remember to cut off
the zigzag thread that keeps pockets and slits closed!
Don't be a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. Plan and
lay out what you're going to wear several days before the
interview, so you'll have time to shop or get garments
pressed and cleaned.
Save "innovative" or revealing garb for the club (or your
couch) and strive for crisp, clean and professional.
Remember, you want the interviewer to be listening to what
you're saying, not critiquing what you're wearing.