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I heard a top recruitment consultant on the radio yesterday talking about this.
He said that 99% of women interviwees wear black suit, white shirt with large collar turned back, severe hair. This look is to be avoided at all costs apparently.
He advised to get your colours done, or at least have an honest friend help you choose. Go for a dark jacket but not black, top underneath in a colour that flatters you. Discreet jewellery. Really good shoes and bag, the best you have. You need to be smart and tasteful but not flashy.
This guy said that he'd been on so many interview panels, where other interviewers had totally discounted candidates who hadn't bothered about their appearance, scuffed shoes, etc.
and grooming as important (clean and tidy hair/nails) If you wear makeup, make sure it's professional rather than glam. Sorry if stating the obvious but have seen people coming in for interviews who look like they're off clubbing afterwards and others who look like they've just come in from a day's gardening.
I only wear minimal make up anyway, mascara and a nude lippy. Hair is one of those short bobs that can be dragged through a hedge backwards and still look smart, nails are tidy so far, will have to be nice to them for the next week