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Dressing for the Interview

In an interview, the way you dress influences the interviewer’s first impression of you.  Dressing professionally demonstrates respect, and also shows the employer that you take the interview seriously.  It can also boost your own self-confidence during the interview.

In the workplace, the way you dress is important because it affects how others perceive you.  If your clothes are clean, neat and professional, it shows that you take pride in yourself and your position.  When meeting with a superior or a client, your professional dress instills confidence in them about your abilities.  In fact, according to one survey (careerbuilder.com), 93 percent of executives believe that an employee’s style of dress at work influences his or her chances for promotion.

These days, there is a wide range of acceptable dress in the workplace, from very casual to formal.  You should familiarize yourself with the employer’s dress policy, and be observant of the company’s culture. In both an interview and in the workplace, it is always best to err on the side of caution.  When in doubt, select more professional, conservative clothing. Do you need to purchase a suit or other professional dress attire but don't have much money to spend? 

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