Dressing for a job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. Thankfully there’s a lot of advice out there concerning what sorts of outfits make the best impression on potential employers. A quick Google search will reveal countless custom-tailored suggestions for just about anyone hoping to land a job in just about any profession, but there are a few commonalities out there. One is to always dress as if you already have the job. Another is that it’s crucial to come across as polished, confident, professional, and put-together.
It’s also important to avoid wearing anything that might be distracting to an interviewer. “Distracting” is obviously in the eye of the beholder, but we mean anything from an excessively bold print to a too-trendy hairstyle to inappropriate jewelry. But jewelry, like clothing, is so personal—how are you to know what’s the right way to accessorize for a job interview?
Well, if you’re looking for advice, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Noe’s Jewelry in Raymore, Missouri, we know all about how to accessorize for just about any situation you’re likely to encounter in life—even that crucial job interview!
When interviewing for a job, it’s perfectly acceptable to show a little sparkle. A wedding or engagement ring can be worn with confidence. For women, tasteful accessories like small, thin diamond necklaces or chains with a small pendant are a good choice, as is wearing a professional (rather than a sporty) watch, or a single bracelet. Earrings are also perfectly acceptable, as long as they are small studs or hoops. Diamond earrings in particular are a great choice as they’re a neutral color and always elegant.
Just keep in mind that any jewelry you wear should not draw attention away from your face or what you’re saying. Unique pieces are just fine, but you should definitely avoid anything gaudy, big, bright, or dangly. Multiple bracelets or bangles should be avoided, as they tend to loudly clack or ring when you move your hands, and earrings should not be large or dangle.
While all of that might seem excessively conservative advice, remember that once you get your job, you need not be so careful in your accessory choices. But in an interview, the focus should be on you, not what you’re wearing or how you dress.
Men have a bit easier time of it when it comes to accessorizing for that job interview. Again, a wedding band is fine, but not much more that that. An exception would be a class or fraternity ring, if you think it will help make a connection with your interviewer. And a nice professional watch is always appropriate, of course.