Just as you dress to impress for an interview, you should consider what your jewelry says about you and if that’s the first impression you want to give a potential employer. Here are some tips to help you make that decision.
1) Less is more. Even if you normally wear several rings and bracelets, your interview is not the time for that. Just choose one of each, preferably something simple like a single chain or a strand of pearls.
2) Consider the noise your bracelets make. You don’t want your interviewer to be distracted by your jewelry clanging on the table or jingling as you make hand gestures. They should be focused on what you are saying.
3) Smaller earrings are better. While you may love your large hoop earrings, you don’t want that to be the first thing your interviews notices about you. Try to wear small hoops, pearls, or posts.
4) Your jewelry should be conservative and appropriate for the industry in which you are interviewing. While you may like to stand out with your own personal style, an interview is the time to show your potential employers that you understand and can fit in with the established environment of the company.
5) It’s not a good idea to wear jewelry with symbols, words, or letters. While it may mean one thing to you, you don’t know how it will be interpreted by your interviewer. It’s fine to enjoy showing your passion and belief through your jewelry, but the interview should be focused on you and what you can bring to the company. You don’t want to risk an interviewer having any bias against you based on a symbol you wear.
6) Wearing clean jewelry is just as important as wearing clean clothes. Your jewelry for your interview should be understated and barely noticed, and if it’s tarnished or your watch has a fraying band it will stick out. Check your jewelry before you leave the house.