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It’s tough to land a job these days, and young Koreans are doing everything they can to boost their chances of leaving an interview employed - even if it means breaking open their wallet for some new threads.

The majority of job seekers will probably wear a black suit priced at 100,000 won ($90) to 300,000 won at interviews, a survey by a job portal found.

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In a survey of 445 job seekers by Jobkorea, more than 80 percent of them said they have already bought or planned to buy a new suit for interviews, with black the most preferred color (68.4 percent), followed by navy (17 percent) and gray (14 percent).

Nearly 56 percent said they have already bought or plan to buy one suit, while almost 36 percent said they would buy two.

More than 8 percent said they were buying more than three outfits.

When asked why they were buying multiple outfits, close to 42 percent said they were applying for a job in sectors that required employees to dress formally every day and anticipated needing more sartorial options.

About 30 percent said they wanted to wear different outfits to fit the style preferences of the companies they were applying to join.

And many of them were willing to pay a small fortune for the interview outfit, with more than 55 percent saying they would pay 100,000 won to 300,000 won for an outfit. Nearly 26 percent were willing to pay 300,000 won to 500,000 won.

Close to 41 percent were going to outlets to buy their new threads, while 35.8 percent were going to department stores. About 13 percent said they were going to individual brand stores.


BY PARK JUNG-YOUN [park.jungyoun@joongang.co.kr]

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