Your look doesn’t fit the company culture
A suit should be your go-to for a traditional corporate position, but wearing a blazer or tie at a startup could make you look stuffy, says Jaclyn Westlake, career advisor and founder of job-seeking consulting company The Job Hop. “The whole point of an interview is to check if you’re the right fit for each other,” Westlake says. “You want to make sure the visual message you’re sending lines up as much as possible.” She recommends asking your recruiter for recommendations on what interview clothes to wear, or checking out the company’s social media page to get a sense of how employees dress. If in doubt, it’s better to be a little too dressed up than way underdressed, she says. Here are key words you should never say during a job interview.
You’re tripping over your heels
Heels can look polished and confident—unless you need to concentrate on walking without wobbling. “People run into trouble when they never wear heels and think they have to wear them for an interview,” says Alison Green, founder of blog Ask a Manager and author of How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager. If you aren’t used to an elevated shoe, stick with a nice pair of flats. No matter what style you choose, pick a closed-toe pair for the most professional look. Men should stick with business dress shoes like loafers, she says.