Dressed to Impress: What Jewelry Should You Wear to an Interview?

Interview Tips

Trying to figure out what jewelry to wear for your interview?

Here’s the short answer — less is more.

The key is not to overdo it. You wanna be sure your jewelry will enhance your interview attire, instead of overwhelming it.

Let’s get more into the topic of how to choose interview accessories.

Jewelry and clothing

Women should pass on wearing arms full of bracelets or dangling earrings, and men should keep their jewelry to a minimum.

For example, if you go online to shop men’s diamond jewelry, and you intend to purchase something for the interview, make sure it’s not too “blinged out.” A modest watch and/or wedding band will suffice.

When it comes to piercings, depending on where you are interviewing, you may want to consider taking out your rings.

Presenting yourself in a professional way is expected and crucial to creating a positive first impression with your potential employer. The basics of dressing professionally are relatively simple:

  • Wear a suit, tie, and a nice shirt
  • Wear a professional skirt or slacks.

Acceptable Job Interview Jewelry

  • A small band or a wedding ring.
  • A tiny necklace.
  • A small, non-religious, metal pendant, pearls or a reserved color.
  • A professional watch, or a single bracelet.
  • Earrings (dangle earrings, studs, or small hoops that don’t draw attention).

The goal is to make sure that your jewelry does not take attention away from your face. Any jewelry that is flashy, large or bright, should be avoided at all costs.

Job Interview Jewelry to Avoid

  • More than one bracelet (multiple loud bangles, etc.)
  • Big necklaces with equally big pendants.
  • A piece of jewelry with large CZ stones or brightly colored stones.
  • Diamond filled bracelets, CZ, or watches.

If your jewelry is designed to catch attention and turn heads, then it’s the type that should be avoided when dressing for a job interview.

You want the interviewer to maintain consistent eye contact with you, rather than distract them with your big jewelry.

The do’s and don’ts of interview jewelry

  • Do wear jewelry that sends out an authoritative message, but doesn’t distract from the main show (which should be your face and conversation).
  • Do not wear multiple rings per hand. A wedding band or engagement rings are fine.
  • Do wear small, reserved pieces. Rings should be discreet, and necklaces should be inconspicuous.
  • Do not wear plastic. Stick to real, high quality, stones, and metal. These type of pieces will always spell out sophistication.
  • Do wear jewelry that has a soft color.
  • Do not wear jewelry that may draw the interviewer’s attention away from your face.
  • Do be hesitant about expensive pieces. You never fully know the background of the person that’s interviewing you.

You only get one first impression, so having the perfect jewelry and outfit is the key to a successful job interview.

If you nail the look, your potential employers will already be impressed and will also be more likely to see you as the right candidate for the job.

If you want to dress to impress and be hired for the job of your dreams, just keep these tips in mind. And good luck on that interview!

About Carson Derrow

My name is Carson Derrow I'm an entrepreneur, professional blogger, and marketer from Arkansas. I've been writing for startups and small businesses since 2012. I share the latest business news, tools, resources, and marketing tips to help startups and small businesses to grow their business.

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