Dressing for success: 10 tips for how to dress for a job interview
Even though you just might be the most qualified applicant your potential employer has ever had the pleasure of interviewing, there's a way everything can still go south on you.
Yes, even if you're ideally qualified for a position and score a 10 on each question, dressing inappropriately can often be a deal breaker.
According to a recent study, just under 40% of interviewers decided not against an applicant based solely what they were wearing and their grooming.
Even if an interviewer doesn't rule you out based on your wardrobe, the harsh reality is what you wear matters. Check out our top 10 tips for what to wear and what to remember in a job interview below:
You want the hiring manager to focus on you, not on your neon
pink paisley vest. Instead of busy patterns and bold colors,
choose solid colors that reflect your personality - but aren’t too
loud or too dull.
A bespoke well fitting suit will always give a better impression
than a ready-to-wear suit. Invest in a tailor-made wool suit
with two buttons that will allow you to walk into your interview
A jacket or blazer over a polo or collared dress shirt can work
fine in some situations. Pair that with a great pair of trousers
and you’ll have a perfectly presentable look. Women can get
away with a decent skirt or a pair of trousers, but avoid flashy
fabrics such as satin, lace, or chiffon. Avoid flashy
If you’re unsure of the company’s policy, it’s better to be safe
than sorry. Take out facial piercings, and cover up tattoos until
you know the lay of the land. When it comes to facial hair, keep
it trimmed and clean. An unkempt beard screams “slacker.”
Your choice of clothing might seem like a small factor in the
larger scheme of landing a job, but making a winning
impression with your wardrobe is more important than you
think. It’s also a factor that’s completely within your control, so
why wouldn’t you do everything you can to dress the part?
Make sure your shoes are polished, brushed, or both. If you
have a leather briefcase or purse and they’re still in good
shape, now's the time to break them out. If you don't, a nice
portfolio binder will do just fine. Just make sure they’re in tip
Make sure that deodorants, perfumes, and other heavily
scented substances are kept in check. Provided you don’t
‘stink’, strong scents and heavy makeup can have a negative
effect in a job interview.
You want to make sure that what you’re wearing makes you
confident, professional - but comfortable. If what you are
wearing creates discomfort or makes you feel vulnerable, your
performance in the interview could be effected.
By talking to someone who works at the company where you're
interviewing, find out what the ‘standard’ attire is for the
employees. In some organizations, you may even be able to
contact the human resources department to ask a hiring officer
what he or she recommends.
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