The process of finding a job can be extremely stressful especially in today’s job market. Getting your resume and cover letter in front of the right people and securing an interview can be difficult.
Once you do that, you need to start preparing and researching so that you can come off as confident and knowledgeable in the little time you get with the interviewer.
How you look is crucial. Your choice of interview attire is the first impression you’ll give without you even opening your mouth.
There are several levels of dress in the professional world. They can range from business formal to business casual to just plain casual. Everything kind of sounds the same and it can be hard to decode.
The type of company definitely influences what you should wear to the interview. Some businesses require a formal suit or blouse and skirt combo, such as legal offices or larger corporations. Other businesses operate with a more casual dress code.
Researching what your company’s dress code is can help you prepare the perfect outfit to align yourself with the company. But, at the end of the day, it’s always better to be overdressed at the interview.
For men, a clean button down shirt and khaki pants will often work for most interview settings. Polos and black pants can also be worn, though the pants should not be jeans. Ties can make an outfit more or less formal so try a few if you plan to wear one. Black or brown dress shoes are best with these combinations– but make sure to match your belt to your shoes!
For women, a nice blouse and dress pants or a skirt works best. Skirts should not be too short, usually just above the knees works best. Jewelry should be on the lighter side, along with makeup to create a clean and professional look.
Your hair should be clean and combed, though style can range according to preference. Make sure to brush your teeth or pop a mint prior to the interview. You’ll be talking with someone in close quarters!
Tattoos and piercings have become something of a debate in the professional world. Some companies are fine with visible ones, while others are very much against it. Understand the company’s culture to determine how you should dress if you do have tattoos or piercings.
Lay out your carefully selected outfit the night before, get a good night’s sleep, and you will nail your next interview.