How to Dress for An Interview


How to Dress for An Interview

  • November 03rd, 2014
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At On Line Recruitment and Labour Hire, we focus equally on our business clients and our hiring candidates. As we look for ways to improve and streamline the recruitment and employment processes for businesses and organisations, we also are continually seeking to assist potential hiring candidates to have a smoother, more successful job search. While many elements go into becoming an excellent candidate (among them gaining valuable experience, creating a stellar CV, and continuing to develop in-demand skills), the impression a candidate makes during the interview process can be instrumental in helping him or her to land the job. Today, we talk about dressing your best for the interview. What should a candidate wear to make the best, most professional statement?

The Right Garb

When selecting an interview outfit, you’ll want to be sure to select just the right pieces to help you look you best and make the finest impression. Many candidates worry about dressing too fancy for an interview. Generally, it’s better to err on the side of overdressed. So long as you’re not wearing a tuxedo or evening gown, think of an interview as a chance to ‘dress up’ a bit. Well-made, professional clothing is the way to go. For men, this typically means a linen, collared shirt, dress slacks, and a tie. A full suit is recommended for more professional, office, or management professions. Women can attire themselves in nice dresses of appropriate length and modesty. It’s wise to refrain from wearing anything too short or too revealing, and you may want to avoid wearing clothing that is too bold or ‘out there.’ Many women enjoy wearing pantsuits or other similar outfits, as these can be more comfortable.

Clean, Pressed, Professional

No matter what you choose to wear, make sure it fits you well and matches your personality. A suit that is too large can look sloppy and unprofessional, and an unflattering dress may have the same effect. This can have a negative impact on your interview process, and you want to ensure every aspect in your control is as positive and well-managed as possible.

In addition to making sure your interview clothing fits you properly, it is important to focus on keeping your outfit clean, crisp, and ironed. This contributes to an overall look of professionalism and belies an attention to detail. An interview is a vital aspect of the hiring process. Why not be certain you look your absolute best?

Other Tips & Things to Avoid

Your clothing is not the only important element of your interview presentation. As you take great pains to select the perfect outfit and accessories, make sure to give equal attention to your own personal hygiene and grooming. Before the interview, make sure you have fresh, clean teeth, and are showered and polished. Don’t overdo the perfume or cologne, as this can be distracting and negatively affect the interview experience for all involved.

For most job interviews, what you wear will hardly be noticed, unless it sticks out for negative reasons. However, sometimes a slightly memorable outfit can actually help you be remembered among a large pool of candidates. If you can incorporate an appropriate statement piece (perhaps a subtle pop of colour), this can often be a great identifier when the interviewers think back to their many candidates. Use an accessory such as a scarf or tie to create an extra flair to your outfit. As long as you keep it fairly understated, professional, and attractive, this can be a great way to stand out from the crowd.

On Line Recruitment and Labour Hire is ready to meet all your employment needs. Currently, our recruitment advisors are seeking experienced candidates in the Shoalhaven region for short and long term trade and labouring positions so it may be good to mention that. Interested candidates should contact our office on 1300 629 700 or register on our website.

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