You Can't Wear That to an Interview!

The most feared fashion-related interview nightmare of all came true for Indiana University senior Vladimir Kroshinsky. Halfway through his interview for an internship at a mortgage lender, he noticed his fly was unzipped.

What might seem like common sense—including checking your zipper before leaving the house—is sometimes overlooked by undergraduates venturing into the working world for the first time. Caught up with their overall appearance or the anticipation of an interview, candidates can forget about seemingly insignificant elements that might dissuade a recruiter. And it's not just zippers. "Students think they can wear scuffed-up shoes. Or in an informal setting, men think they can get away with no belt," says David Wilmes, manager of undergraduate student programming at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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