What you wear to a job interview says a lot about you, so you want to make sure your outfit makes a good impression. A good rule of thumb to follow is to choose an outfit that matches the company’s workplace culture.
The rules of dressing for an interview vary depending on the type of job, industry, company culture, and role, so it’s best to do your research beforehand to get a feel for what the dress code of your prospective workplace is. If it’s a casual environment, showing up in a suit could actually hurt your chances of getting the job. The same goes for dressing too casually if it’s a more formal workplace.
The clothes you wear should make you look professional, well put together, and confident. Regardless of the clothes you’re wearing, they must be free of wrinkles, stains, lint, and pet hair.
While some of the rules for dressing can be flexible, there are two things that you should never wear to a job interview.
Never wear poor fitting clothes.
You don’t have to show up in a custom tailored three-piece suit with matching Italian leather shoes, but you do have to wear clothes that fit well with appropriate footwear. Wearing clothes that are either too loose or too tight will make you seem unprofessional and unprepared. The goes for your choice of footwear. It’s no longer a requirement for women to wear heels or men to wear stiff dress shoes, but you do need to avoid wearing sneakers or sandals.
Properly fitting business attire doesn’t have to break the bank. Consignment stores and sample sales are great places to get a deal on high quality clothes at discounted prices. Sometimes it can take a bit of time to go to a multiple stores and try on various options until you find the right fit, but the time is worth it.
Before you wear an outfit to a job interview try it on at home, including the shoes and accessories you’ll be wearing. Sit down and stand up to ensure it doesn’t get wrinkled as you sit or you shirt doesn’t come untucked or any other wardrobe malfunctions. If you have new shoes, walk around in them for a bit to break them in so you don’t end up with a blister on the day of your interview. Regardless of the clothes you wear, it’s important that you feel comfortable in them.
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