Posted By: Deanna DeBenedictis

When you are preparing for an interview, it is important to invest some time in deciding what to wear. Your goal is to make a lasting impression, but not for wearing sneakers with your power suit or that skirt that was just too short.

Consider the industry and the office you would be working in. If possible, check it out before your interview or, if you know someone who works there, ask what is appropriate.In the finance industry, the business suit is, for the most part, still the status quo. A two-piece matched suit is the best choice, generally choosing conservative colors.

Even if the work environment is casual or business casual, your interview should be considered a professional meeting, and you should dress a step or two better than what the day-to-day wear is unless you are told otherwise by your potential employer.

Make sure your clothes are cleaned and pressed, no wrinkled or covered in pet hair. Your shoes should be in good shape and polished. Also keep in mind that appearance extends to hair, makeup and fragrance. Facial hair should be neatly trimmed and it is best not to wear cologne/perfume at all.

There's nothing wrong with wearing a color or accessory that reflects your personality, but it should be tactful not overwhelming – a colorful tie, nice watch or subtle jewelry, not a belt buckle the size of a door knocker.

If you look like you were hurried, lazy or you couldn't make the time or effort to dress well for the interview, that will be the impression you make on the interviewer and odds are "disheveled," "lazy" and "lack of effort" aren't what you were going for.

Hiring professionals agree on one thing: Potential employers will notice and remember if you are not dressed well.

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