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Looking and Feeling Good Inside and Out for the Interview

10/4/2016, midnight | Updated on 10/4/2016, midnight
The perfect resume means nothing if you can’t sell yourself at a job interview. And most interviewers form an opinion ...
For an interview, dress for a job two levels higher than the position for which you are applying.

The perfect resume means nothing if you can’t sell yourself at a job interview. And most interviewers form an opinion before you shake their hand -; potential employers really do judge books by their covers.

So, how can you dress to get your foot in the door? The most important element when dressing for a job interview is to evaluate your setting. Different offices enforce different dress codes -- an advertising agency, for example, might allow a little more personality than a government office. If the employer has an HR department, ask someone there about the company dress code. When in doubt, dress conservatively.

While you don’t always need to wear a suit, keep in mind that you should dress for a position two levels higher than the one for which you are interviewing. If that means wearing a suit, choose a well-fitted, neatly pressed suit in a dark, neutral color other than solid black.

Even if you opt for a more business casual look, wear a collared shirt and a jacket. Make sure that all clothes fit well, are clean, and do not have loose threads or wrinkles.

And, although often overlooked, remember it’s what is inside that counts. While your interviewer certainly shouldn’t see them, it is important to choose the right kind of underwear. According to a recent Calvin Klein Underwear survey that polled 600 men and 400 women (available at survey. com), approximately 70percent of those polled admit their under garments are an extension of their personality. In addition, 80 percent say a good pair makes them feel more confident.

“Whether you are wearing a crisp white shirt with slacks or a tailored suit, it’s important to set your foundation with a stylish and comfortable set of underwear,” says Jeannie Mai, celebrity stylist, host of Style Network’s “How Do I Look” and “Extra” correspondent. “Consider Calvin Klein’s Classic Two Pack Boxer Briefs (www.cku.com). They are 100 percent cotton with a traditional fit, and are sexy, yet functional, with the signature logo waistband. Available in black and white, they can lend added confidence for your interview.”

To add the final touches to your dressed-to-impress style, polish your shoes to demonstrate attention to detail.