Some job seekers haven't gotten the memo on dressing appropriately for an interview, according to a new OfficeTeam survey of more than 670 HR managers. The managers say that position candidates have shown up wearing beach wear, evening club attire, “fresh from the 1980s” looks and even sweatsuit ensembles. Clearly, OfficeTeam is trying to have some fun with this survey. But there's a serious, underlying message that can benefit IT professionals seeking work: It doesn't take an outrageous choice to be a bad choice. "Although these examples seem absurd, it's easy to make more subtle mistakes when selecting interview attire, particularly among those new to the job hunt," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Ultimately, you want to project professionalism and confidence, and ensure your outfit isn't distracting or causing employers to question your judgment." That said, here are some colorful bad decisions we like from the survey, as well as tips on dressing to get—not lose—the position.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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