How to Choose Job Interview Accessories

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Most people know it's important to wear appropriate attire to a job interview, but your accessories matter, too. How you accessorize is important.

How to Choose the Right Accessories for Your Job Interview

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 your 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.

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.

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.

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

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

The question of whether women should wear pantyhose on a job interview tends to create a lot of discussion, but the consensus tends to land on yes. 

Hair and Make Up
Less is more when it comes to hair and makeup. Be subtle and don't over do it. Keep your hair style simple, as well, with 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. 

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, or 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.

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