What to Wear & What NOT to Wear
For Your Interview
I have always been a firm believer in the saying “you only have one chance to make a good first impression”. This is especially true when you are going for an interview. It’s always better to be overdressed for an interview than under-dressed. What you wear can convey your professionalism and desire to impress them, work for them and that you CARE. This is true for interviewing with a hiring manager or a recruiter. Recruiters want to know you will represent their company properly when you interview with their clients. If you know you are interviewing with a more casual company, you can ask how they would like you to dress, but I still feel like it’s important to dress a level above what’s expected. They always say to dress for the job you want. You may not be interviewing for a C-Level job, but if that’s a long-term goal of yours, then look the part! This can also play a part in promotions/raises.
How do you want them to remember you? Certainly not the person who came in dressed in something that didn’t fit you properly or was too casual.
Here are some tips for the ladies and gentlemen:
For the Gentlemen:
- Wear a suit and tie, and get it tailored to fit! Remember, you only need ONE suit for every interview, so find one that’s professional, sharp, and makes you feel like a MILLION BUCKS, it doesn’t have to be expensive!
- Suits should be a dark, solid color worn with a white or blue tucked-in dress shirt.
- Wear a belt, socks, and shoes that are darker than your suit.
- Choose a tie with a small, conservative pattern.
- Wear dress shoes, like wingtips, loafers, or Oxfords that are shined with no scuffs!
- Have a current hair style that suits you and make sure it looks like you made an effort to style it.
- Don’t go wrinkled! Make sure your suit is dry cleaned and your shirt is pressed.
- Don’t wear jewelry other than a wedding band and a watch.
- Don’t go fuzzy! Shave or trim your facial hair.
- Don’t wear cologne or strong aftershave.
For the Ladies:
- Wear a suit, blouse or sweater and skirt, or blouse or sweater and dress pants. Like the guys, you really only need one, so find one that’s professional, comfortable, and makes you feel great!
- Choose neutral colors and simple patterns.
- Choose shoes and a bag that will match your outfit.
- Wear tasteful, simple jewelry.
- Have a neat, professional hair style.
- Don’t wear shoes with clicking heels.
- Don’t wear revealing outfits, low-cut shirts, or short skirts.
- Don’t wear over the top makeup.
- Don’t wear heavy perfumes or body sprays.
AND FINALLY, FOR EVERYONE:
- Take a shower!
- Wear deodorant!
- Eat a breath mint!
- And don’t forget to keep your head up, make eye contact, and have a firm handshake!
Also make sure you are prepared with a professional notebook, questions and copies of your resume!
By dressing professionally and being prepared, it shows you care and that you aren’t lazy; that this interview and the job they have available is important to you!! This, along with your strong interviewing skills, will speak volumes to your potential new employer. Take pride in your appearance, show your confidence, and convey your expertise for the job and you will find success in your interviews.