First impressions count – a lot! It takes about 7 seconds for someone to form a first impression of you, and it’s mostly based on your appearance. Now, we’re not going to get into whether that’s right or wrong… but we can help you with dressing for a job interview so that you make a great first impression.
The outfit you wear to a job interview that could lead to your future career, can speak volumes about your personality and contain hidden cues regarding your level of professionalism that interviewers will definitely pick up on. Different industries have varying dress codes, so what is appropriate for one job, may be frowned upon as being ‘too casual’ by another.
Want to dress for success at your next job interview? Here are our tips!
Do some research on dress code
You should be researching a company before your job interview anyway, but have a look specifically at what people are wearing and if there are any clues on their website or email correspondence. You could even drive by the company office and have a peek at their employees to get an idea of acceptable office dress!
Different dress codes for different industries
It should be obvious that some industries are much more conservative than others. For example, dressing for work at a law or accounting firm gives less room for casual or creative flair than dressing for an interview at an advertising agency.
Play it safe and choose conservative business wear
If you’re not sure about what to wear, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. A classic suit, an A-line or trim pencil skirt, a plain, neutral shirt – all of these are considered standard ‘smart’ business wear. Wearing jeans to an interview, only to discover that the expected dress code is very formal, can really damage the first impression that you make.
You can adjust your workwear style later
Once you have landed the job, you can get a better feel for the company and adjust your dress to reflect a bit more of your personal style. For example, in formal corporate environments, you can add a pop of colour in the form of a stylish tie or a pretty blouse. Or you may discover that your office has a business-casual dress code where open-toed shoes are perfectly acceptable.
If in doubt before a job interview – just ask!
Interviewers welcome questions, especially before a face-to-face interview, because it shows that you are serious about the position. So there’s nothing wrong with asking about the company dress code to ensure that you can be perfectly dressed to make a great first impression. Then there’s nothing to prevent your skills, experience and personality from landing you that dream job!