Although it’s true that an employer should be more interested in your work skills than your appearance, how you dress is the very first impression you make. Therefore, it’s critical that you dress appropriately. How you dress will give many signs to your prospective employer about what kind of a person you are and whether you’re the right candidate for the job.

Many job seekers can hide a lot of things in their interviews such as character weaknesses and the fact that they don’t get along with a lot of people, but something that will give these seekers away are simple things like the way they dress or how well they take care of their shoes. Of course, it’s important to not fool an employer by trying to get a job you’re not qualified for, but you wouldn’t want to ruin your chances just because you weren’t aware of some simple tips. That is the aim of this article. It hones in on shoe mistakes that people make that give a prospective employer a bad impression. So here are the “5 Don’t’s of Shoes at a Job Interview”:

1. Don’t Wear Shimmery Shoes

Here’s a tip for you women out there. Although shiny is awesome in some situations, it isn’t in others. They may be your personal favorite, but it would be wise to not carry your fashion favoritism when it may come off as inappropriate and perhaps even a little disrespectful. Those that think they can rock a job interview while wearing something that is extremely shiny such as crystals or studs should rethink their life. You may have heard from some style expert to go for “renegade” footwear, but that doesn’t apply to a highly professional setting like a job interview. Similarly, trainers and Converse chutes can be just as bad of a shoe option; after all, business is business.

2. Don’t Wear the Highest High Heels in the Fashion Industry

This “Don’t” is specifically for women job-seekers. If you’re not a woman, you can skip to the next one. So for you women, I know it’s hard for you to not want to show off the curve of your leg, but to be honest, that’s not what the employer is looking for.

Instead, trying to put emphasis on your work skills and your ability to fulfill the employer’s expectations may turn out to be a better idea.

But if you still can’t keep yourself from being at least a little “high”, then 2 inch heels are perhaps the most you can risk going for.

3. Don’t Wear Dirty Shoes

Finally, here’s a tip for you men out there. It’s flabbergasting to see people walking into a job interview in shoes that haven’t been cleaned and polished in ages. If your shoes are dirty, I guarantee you that you are instantly below someone that looks clean and presentable in terms of the first impression. Seriously, what do you expect the outcome to be if your shoes are really dirty? Don’t even get me started on if your shoes are smelly.

Something that a lot of people don’t know is that certain types of material get so much dirtier than other materials. If you aren’t a shoe polisher kind of a guy, then there is a quick fix. Buy some really nice formal wear made out of special material that won’t get dirty as fast. This will save you so much hassle.

4. Don’t Wear These Three Types of Shoes

Now let’s talk about three different types of shoes that are a big no-no for women at job interviews.

Black Boots: First up is wearing black boots with a skirt. You wouldn’t make the best impression with black boots if you’re wearing a skirt. This isn’t exactly the worst thing you can do, but it may not work well.

Galoshes: Next up are the galoshes. I find it hard to explain how terrible of an idea it is to wear galoshes to a job interview. It’s almost like asking to get turned down. And no, it doesn’t matter how cute or colorful they are, they are still just as terrible for a job interview.

Winter Boots: This one is slightly harder to avoid. Winter boots are a temptation for anybody if it’s rainy or snow outside. Winter boots are just not a good professional look, unless you live in Alaska, then you might get a little leeway with wearing boots.

5. Don’t Wear Uncomfortable Shoes

It’s a shame that I’m having to say this, as no type of shoes should make it difficult for you to walk. Unfortunately, there’s a wide range of these out there, and even more unfortunately, that’s what many prefer – the women more than the men.

You often have to walk more than you may have thought at a job interview. If it’s a big company, you may have to walk a long way to get to the interviewer’s office from the parking lot. Then you may also be asked to go to a second and even a third office, so it’s imperative you wear something you’re very comfortable walking in.

Finally, stay away from something that puts you at a risk of slipping at every step you take, for the same reasons we discussed above.

Hopefully this helps you job seekers out there and will give you a better chance at landing that next job!

About the Author

Brandon King is a freelance writer out of Los Angeles who dedicates his time to finding fashion solutions for everyone in their personal, corporate, and social life. He specializes in writing about men’s fashion. If you would like to contact him, you can do so on his LinkedIn.