Looking for a job? It's tough, we know. Too few openings, way too many applicants. So if you're lucky enough to score an interview, you definitely don't want to blow it by wearing the wrong thing (like one of these "don'ts").
Luckily, we asked career guru Dr. Lois Frankel to tell us exactly what you should do with your clothes, hair and makeup to look perfectly professional at any job interview, then we grabbed some hair and makeup experts to give us the step-by-step breakdown. See the full guide here, or just check out our top five tips below:
No. 5: The best color you can wear
No, it isn't black (too severe) or red (yes, it's a power color but it's also too "look at me" for an interview). The color you should be wearing is navy. Frankel says it's a sincere and friendly color, we say it's one that'll work on any skin tone.
No. 4: DO NOT touch your hair during an interview
Why? Because it makes you look immature or flirty, even if you're just brushing it behind your ears. It's also distracting and can make you look nervous. Your best bet: wear this interview-approved hairstyle.
No. 3: Ditch the lipgloss
Lipgloss is pretty and that shine is super-sexy, but unless you're interviewing to be a waitress at Hooters, stick with something more professional. This makeup look is a sure-fire win.
No. 2: Never let 'em see you sweat
Keep blotting papers in your purse and use them right before you go into your interview. They'll soak up any shine so you look like a confident candidate as opposed to a sweaty nervous wreck.
No. 1: The MOST important thing you can wear
Accessories. One, they'll add life to your must-wear interview outfit. Two, if you wear something with a story behind it you can instantly inject some personality into your interview. (Example: Interviewer: I love your scarf. You: Thanks, I got it while backpacking through Thailand. Bam, you're now interesting to your interviewer.)
Important note: All accessories were not created equal. See our tips for the best and worst ones to wear here.