Job interviews aren’t for the faint of heart. Whether your palms get sweaty right before a crucial handshake or you get tongue tied during the second question, there’s a lot that could go wrong. But the good news is that feeling confident and professional about your outfit and accessories counteracts some of the interview nerves. Whether you’re embarking on your first post-grad interview or are a seasoned job hunter, the jewelry tips below are sure to help you land your dream gig.
Do: wear small rings
Oftentimes, rings are considered a faux pas during job interviews. However, only large cocktail rings are truly off-limits. When dressing for an interview, err on the side of caution and opt for rings that are small and understated. In fact, thin bands are best because they don’t distract the interviewer from your face. Small rings are especially important if you talk with your hands, as an oversized ring could accidentally become the focal point. The exception to the rule is wedding rings. Wedding bands and engagement rings are completely acceptable accessories to wear for a job interview, regardless of size.
Don’t: wear large earrings
Large earrings are best reserved for date nights or lunches with friends. Once again, large accessories serve as a distraction. During an interview, you only have a few key moments to create a lasting impression, and it would be a shame to waste even one second. Instead of hoops or dangling teardrops, opt for studs instead. Pearls are always a classic option as well.
Do: wear neutral colors
In the world of jewelry, “neutral” means gold, silver or pearls. Instead of bright gemstones, choose jewelry that allows you to be the star. Although neutral colors are a good rule of thumb, it’s occasionally acceptable to wear pieces in tasteful hues that could serve as a conversation starter with the interviewer. Always ask yourself: “Is the pop of color the first thing I notice when I look in the mirror?” If the answer is “yes” then it’s time to change accessories.
Don’t: wear loud jewelry
During an interview, jewelry that makes noise can be distracting. To avoid strange and potentially sidetracking accessories, stay away from multiple bracelets and dangling earrings.
Although these rules serve as a guideline for interviews, it’s okay to break them occasionally. The number one rule in creative writing is “If you know you’re breaking a rule, then you can break it.” In other words, if you are purposefully and consciously breaking a rule for writing, then it’s okay because you have a plan. The same rule applies for jewelry.