- November 06th, 2017
- Job Interviews
Tips for Dressing for Your Job Interview
Does what you wear to a job interview matter? While your prospective employer is not going to base their entire hiring decision on your outfit or the labels on your clothing, there’s no doubt that what you wear says a lot about what type of employee you will be. When dressing for your job interview, keep professionalism and sophistication at top of mind. You want to make the best possible first impression—a polished and put together presentation creates visual cues that you’re a serious candidate worth hiring. Read on for more tips on what to wear for your next employment interview.
Do the Clothes Make the Man?
There’s an oft-repeated phrase that says, “the clothes make the man.” But in an interview setting, it’s really the other way around. On this occasion, the man or woman should make the clothes. In other words, you don’t want to be in an outfit that takes center stage at your meeting; something that steals the spotlight. Clothing that is overly flashy or attention-getting will only detract from your personality and your job skills—the very things you’re there to showcase. Or worse, you may appear cartoonish or silly. It’s a mistake to think that you need to choose an outfit that will be “memorable.” Stick with neutral, typical colours (a pop of a bright hue is ok). Avoid anything that will be distracting to an interviewer and instead opt for an ensemble that makes you look your best, fits well (get your items tailored if necessary), and is subtle.
Consider the Company
While it’s a given that you want to look polished and professional, what you choose for your interview clothing might depend more on the company with which you are applying. Different businesses have different dress codes, and in 2017, things aren’t always what they used to be.
In the corporate world, suits are sometimes in and sometimes out, depending on the industry. Nowadays, it also depends heavily on the attitude and vibe of the company. For example, a youthful start-up may present itself as a more laid-back enterprise, where “business casual” is expected. Here, showing up in a 3-piece suit might appear too formal or out of touch. Male candidates interviewing at this type of company may prefer a long-sleeve button-up shirt, belt, trousers, and nice dress shoes. This is a slightly more casual look that still demonstrates that you are serious about the position and about your career. Women can wear a more casual dress or a skirt and blouse, or trousers and blouse combination.
Some companies may still adhere to a more traditional dress code. In these interviews, a suit with tie would be appropriate for men, and heels with a sophisticated skirt or pants suit may do well for ladies.
If there’s doubt about what dress code to expect, don’t be afraid to do a little research. Perusing a company website can make it fairly easy to get an idea of their corporate culture and their attitude. If still in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact HR to inquire about the company’s dress code.
In the end being prepared will help go a long way towards making that great impression. And feeling confident in what you’re wearing helps keep you calm and confident during the interview itself.
Also remember, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. This shows that you’ve made a genuine effort for your interview appointment, which reflects better than being casually—or worse, sloppily—-dressed. No matter your attire, be sure to have clean well-groomed hair, excellent hygiene, and refrain from wearing too many scents such as perfumes or lotions.
Now, go in and give it 100%!