How you’re dressed for an interview can tell your interviewer(s) a lot about you, so it’s important to make sure that your first impression is a good one. While your interview attire can vary based on the position you’re applying for, here are some general rules to help you look polished and feel confident.
Dress better than the job you’re applying for
Generally, you want to dress to impress, even if you know that a company’s policy is casual or business casual. For men, this means at least wearing a nice collared shirt. For women, this means slacks and a blouse or a dress will make a stronger impression over jeans and sneakers. Make sure that your outfit fits comfortably so that you aren’t adjusting any part of it during your interview. Wear something that makes you feel confident. If you’re nervously tugging at a skirt or tie, it will be noticed.
Accessorize, but don’t go overboard
Keep your accessories — like watches or necklaces — minimal and professional. Polish your shoes and if you’re wearing a belt, make sure it matches. Ties can be a great way to add some color, but make sure that the design isn’t distracting. Remove any facial piercings and cover visible tattoos until you know the company’s policy.
Fix those flyaways for a polished look
A polished look makes a lasting impression. While the wind has a mind of its own, make sure to check those flyaways in a mirror before walking into your interview. It’s also important to keep your cologne and perfume to a bare minimum and make sure your breakfast or lunch isn’t lodged in your teeth.
Dressing up for a job interview is much more than a job hunting tradition. According to a 2014 study by Monster, 62 percent of employers said that the way an applicant dressed could affect their employability, so it’s important to make sure that your first impression goes well.
Make sure you take a little time to prepare and dress sharp. You’ll thank yourself later.