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Video:Teen Job Interview Attire

with Alison Doyle

What attire you wear to a job interview can either help you stand out and win a position, or destroy your chances of employment altogether. See our tips for what attire teens should wear when going to a job interview.See Transcript

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Transcript:Teen Job Interview Attire

Hi, I’m Alison Doyle for About.com. When you’re interviewing for a job it’s important to dress appropriately so you can impress the interviewer and stand out from the crowd. Here are some tips on how you can prepare ahead of time for the big day.

Dress for Work

When you show up for an interview, dress for work. Do not dress as though you were going to the beach, school, or the park. The outfit your parent or grandparent likes the best is probably a good choice.

Dress as You Would for an Interview

When you’re applying for a job in-person, you should dress just as nicely as you would for the actual interview. It shows that the job is important to you and that you’ll dress professionally if you’re hired.

Have One Good Outfit Ready to Go

When looking for a job, remember to always have one good outfit ready to wear. That way you don't have to scramble, even if you get a last minute call for an interview. Your dress should be, at the least, neat and tidy. Business casual is usually appropriate. Khakis or trousers, paired with a neatly tucked in polo or button down shirt would work well.

Avoid Unnecessary Flash, Accessories and Skin

Your shoes should be moderate and you should avoid extreme hairstyles or colors. Don’t wear super high heels, sandals, flip-flops, or sneakers. No jeans or shorts, no tank tops, crop tops, or anything especially low cut (shirt or pants) or too short (skirt or blouse) - keeping everything professional is a must.

Bring a Resume

Along with any application you must bring along, print out extra copies of your resume and a list of references. These will be the most important accessory to your outfit! Carry them in a binder or portfolio so they stay tidy and unwrinkled. During the interview, stay calm and know that you’re ready to do your best. You’ve spent time selecting your outfit, and now you look the part! Thanks for watching. To learn more visit us on the Web at About.com.
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