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What to wear to a job interview in spring 2013

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We’ve covered weddings, baby showers and even high tea, but if there’s one time you really want to make a positive first impression it’s at a job interview. According to Shop Til You Drop magazine white is one of the best colours you can wear to an interview because it brightens most skin tones and portrays a clean, fresh image, especially in spring.

Depending on the kind of job you’re applying for, here are a few general rules worth considering:

  • Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed
  • Don’t show too much skin – keep skirts and dresses at a decent length and your boobs in check.
  • If you’re wearing open toe shoes, make sure you’ve had a pedicure
  • Wear comfortable shoes, you don’t want to be thinking about blisters when you should be answering questions eloquently
  • It’s better to be over dressed than under dressed
  • Go easy on your make up, keep it natural and subtle

We’ve pulled together 10 different looks to help you get ready for that all-important interview, no matter what industry you’re in.

You won’t find any old school suits here…

What to wear to a corporate job interview

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CORPORATE / OFFICE JOB

Wear something smart, tailored and polished to your corporate interview, and keep in mind that nowadays a pant suit is not your only option.

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What to wear to a job interview in the tourism industry

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TOURISM INDUSTRY

Whether you’re applying to an event planning company, tourism board or a travel agency, impress your prospective boss with a sharp, cutting edge outfit.

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What to wear to a job interview in the retail industry

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RETAIL INDUSTRY

If you’re applying for a mid-range, fashion retail position, you probably have a bit more leeway to experiment with your outfit. And it might be worth doing your research and wearing something from the store or company you’re applying to.

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What to wear to a job interview in the medical industry

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MEDICAL INDUSTRY

Look smart and professional with tailored pants, a peplum top and closed toe shoes.

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What to wear to a job interview in the hospitality industry

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HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

Stand out from your competition with a bit of sparkle that will work day and night.

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What to wear to a job interview in the health and fitness industry

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HEALTH AND FITNESS INDUSTRY

Even if your job involves casual sportswear most of the time, you probably want to dress up for your initial interview.

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What to wear to a job interview in the fashion and beauty industry

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FASHION AND BEAUTY INDUSTRY

You can be more adventurous with prints and colours if you work in the fashion industry… although you probably don’t need any advice from us!

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What to wear to a job interview in the creative industries

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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Designers, artists, musicians, actors and those who work in other creative industries don’t usually go to work in boring three piece suits, show your individual style, but keep it professional.

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What to wear to a job interview in an academic field

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ACADEMIC SECTOR

If you’re in the education business then keep your look smart with a collared shirt and a midi skirt.

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What to wear to a job interview in the not for profit sector

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NOT FOR PROFIT SECTOR

A knee-length dress is a great option for a job interview, and you can add some personality with accessories.

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Those are our spring time looks for a job interview, let us know what you wore and if you got the job!

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