London: A survey has revealed that women who turn up for a job interview in a tight top or with cleavage on display can blow their chances of getting hired.
The survey of 2,000 employers by high-street clothes store TK Maxx, found that wearing a black bra underneath a white top is the next biggest dress-code mistake.
The research also found that men could ruin their chances of landing the job if they turn up in a badly ironed shirt, high-waisted trousers or comedy tie.
The survey also showed that a third of bosses make a decision in the first 90 seconds of an interview, and 65 percent claim clothing could be the deciding factor if two candidates are neck and neck in other areas.
Recruitment manager Kieran How, from national recruitment firm Eden Brown, said it was best to "play it safe" at a job interview.
"It is vital you give a good first impression by wearing the right clothes or you may have ruined your chances before you`ve even opened your mouth," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
"Some bosses may like to see a pretty girl in a tight-fitting top flashing a lot of cleavage but you rarely know who will be interviewing you.
"Job interviews are not the place to try fancy dress or to show off your most revealing party clothes," he stated.
An overwhelming 81 percent of employers said wearing a suit to interview suggests you are organised and efficient.
"The jobs market is competitively fierce," said Helen Gunter of TK Maxx, which is stocking a new range of professional work wear for men and women.
"One thing that can give candidates a boost of confidence before they even walk through the door is knowing they are wearing the right outfit.
"There really is no excuse for fluffing the interview before you`ve even answered the first question," she added.