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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bryant chapter.

Interviews are all about presentation and selling yourself… but not literally selling yourself. If you are given 30 minutes to impress your future employer, give them something to talk about that doesn’t include how much skin you showed. An interviewer wants to see someone who is prepared, professional and primed for the real world. If you show up looking like this:

..chances are you may not be taken seriously.

On a more serious note, here are four important categories that as a woman should be taking into consideration when going on an interview.

1. The Hooker Heels:

Yes, these heels are sexy and fun, but to go to the club, NOT for an interview.  Your shoes should be comfortable, cute and more importantly, appropriate. There is nothing wrong with wearing basic flats, or low black heels. The point of the interview is to land the job, not land on the floor when walking over to your interviewer. 


2. The Black ‘Club’ Skirt:

Every girl should have a short, black skirt in their closet. This particular skirt however, is not meant to be worn to an interview. Pencil skirts are the way to go, covering most of the leg down to your knee. If women want to be taken serious in the business world, the black club skirt is a definite no. If you can’t decide if your skirt is too short, you’re better off wearing pants. 


3. Cleavage

Cleavage..most of us have it, and if we don’t have it, we fake it to make it look like we do have it. Again, totally acceptable when heading out for a night on the town with your girls, but NOT for an interview. I can almost guarantee you that if you have a woman interviewer, she won’t appreciate it as much as the grimy guys at the club do. And sorry ladies, but throwing on a blazer over your two-size too small tank top, doesn’t cover it up. 


4. Dramatic Eye Makeup:

If you can do a mean smoky-eye, by all means go for it, but not when going on an interview. The last thing an interviewer wants to see is your make up looking like you haven’t taken it off from the club the night before. Lean towards simple and natural, the interviewer wants to get to know you for who you are, and that may not be so simple if they have to dig beneath 10 layers of foundation. 

PaviElle is a Senior Marketing major at Bryant University. Before attending Bryant in fall of 2011, she received her Associates Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Lincoln College of New England (formerly Briarwood College). She is currently the Fashion Editor for Her Campus chapter at Bryant. She has a strong love for fashion, especially in the styling, visual merchandising and trend forecasting aspects where she has experience.