Dressing for an interview can be just as important as the experiences on your resume. Which is why today we’re covering the in-and-outs of dressing for success.
In the year of 2018, freedom of expression and self-expression through fashion is encouraged, but when it comes to interviewing, some guidelines can help you to get ahead.
Before talking outfits, we need to take a step back to the essentials. Hygiene. A well groomed and maintained hygiene can go a long way. A clean manner will leave a solid first impression before you are able to get a single word out.
Hygiene is also an essential and will leave a positive impression on your interviewers and may even give you a bit of an upper hand in a highly competitive job market. Not that you need to be a fashion stylist to land the job but this is your opportunity to be seen as a the chic, sophisticated, modern boss that you are.
- Maintained and well-groomed facial hair
- Collared shirt (tucked in preferred)
- Dress pants
- Dress shoes
- Tie, tie clip
- Dress for the weather! If it is extremely hot outside, then maybe ditch the blazer and opt out of a white shirt.
- Iron your clothes, no one like a wrinkly candidate (It comes off as unprofessional and messy)
- Take a shower to be fresh, but avoid heavy cologne because you interviewer may be allergic to scents
- Take a notebook and pen for notes, and a copy of your resume and cover letter (just in case)
- Do your research on the company norms (if everyone dresses casual everyday then it’s a bad idea to go in a full suit, opt for a business casual outfit.)
- Hair is clean and maintained neatly
- Business casual statement dress (work appropriate)
- Blazer paired with blouses/dress/button downs
- Dress pants or skirts
- Peep-toe shoes, flats, heels with moderate height
- Classic black dress with tights/nylons
- Light tasteful jewelry such as a watch, simple earrings
- A clear lip-gloss to highlight your natural features
- Avoid low cut tops, short dresses, see through clothing
- Avoid excessive perfume and heavy scents
- Avoid heavy distracting makeup and opt for a more natural soft look
- Dress for the weather, throw an extra blazer in your bag if it gets chilly in the office where you are interviewing