Do Your Homework
Before choosing an interview outfit, research the company to determine how formal their workplace is. Also consider the role you are applying for and the industry as a whole. If you are interviewing for a position in finance or law (think Wall Street and business) wear formal business attire. If your position is less format (such as a basic office setting) business casual is almost always the best option.
Err on the Side of Overdressing
A good rule of thumb is to dress one level above what those at the company wear on a day-to-day basis. If you don't know what the dress code should be, wear a business professional outfit. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed. If you are hired, you can adjust your wardrobe as needed.
Pay Attention to Details
Make sure you look polished. Don't show up in wrinkled, ripped, stained, or ill-fitting clothing. Comb or style your hair and make sure nothing is in your teeth! Consider brining a small kit with your grooming essentials for last minute touch-ups.
Keep it Simple
You want the interviewer to focus on you, not what you are wearing. Go easy on the jewelry, makeup, hair, and clothing. Stay away from overly bold patterns as well as anything that shows off too much skin. This doesn't mean that you have to be boring. Let your personality shine through (just don't go too overboard in the interview).
Put the Perfume Away
Refrain from bathing yourself in perfume or cologne. Apply any scents with a light hand (or just stick with a shower). Some people have very sensitive noses, and being shut into a small room with a powerful scent won't give a good impression. You want to be remembered for your skills, not your scent.
Here are some additional articles on how to dress for an interview.
How to Dress for a Job Interview
What to Wear: How to Dress for a Job Interview
by The Balance Careers
We create first impressions based on what someone is wearing and how they come across (both in looks and in personality). That is why it is important to make a great first impression when you go into your interview. Dressing for success is an important key in succeeding in your interview.
Dress codes can be confusing, and depending on where you grew up and live at, dress codes can mean different things. Here is a quick cheat sheet guide to understanding and breaking down the dress code.
In a business professional atmosphere, suits are the norm. Women might wear a skirt or pant suit with heels, while men may wear a blazer or suit jacket, button down shirt, suit pants, a tie and dress shoes.
Forget the suit when interviewing at a business casual company. Men might opt to wear dress slacks or chinos, a button down or polo shirt, a belt and dress shoes. Women might consider wearing a conservative dress, or a blouse (or sweater) with a skirt or dress pants and dress shoes or boots.
When interviewing at a casual office, it's still important to look polished and professional. (Save the jeans and flip-flops for when you actually have the job.) Men might consider wearing a long-sleeved dress shirt, khaki pants a belt, and dress shoes. Women might wear a collared shirt with pants or a pencil skirt, or a work dress.
When going in for an interview, here are a few things that you should avoid wearing.
With more an more companies and industries moving some or all of their work to online and remote, there is a very good chance that you will be participating in interviews held over video call. And while you may want to wear comfy clothes (or dress only from the waist up), it is important to remember that you are still in a professional interview, and should be dressed the part.
Check out the video below to get a few tips on dressing for a video interview.
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