Did you know that a hiring decision can take place within the first few minutes of your interview? This means that dressing appropriately is very important!
Why Appearance Matters in an Interview and on the Job
Your job interview attire can make or break your first impression. Appearance matters and can communicate your motivation, judgment, professionalism, and cultural fit within the organization. To maximize your chances of success, dress appropriately and show respect for the company's values. For an interview, you want to communicate respect, so you should dress a little more conservatively and formally than employees typically dress at that organization.
How to Dress for Success
You can check the company website or it’s perfectly appropriate to ask the person scheduling your interview for information on the company dress code. Rule of thumb: When in doubt, ask!
General Dress for Success Guidelines
- Different companies and industries have different norms in regard to business dress, so it's important to research a company and its culture to learn more about its dress code. The standard protocol is professional dress, which means a conservative, well-tailored suit. While a business suit is not always the everyday work attire for an organization, recruiters expect candidates to look their most professional during a job interview.
- The primary goal of dressing for your interview is to feel good and look professional. If you feel uncomfortable in an outfit - even if it fits and people say you look great - don’t wear it.
- Whether it's Business Professional, Business Casual, or Smart Casual, there are certain things you should always avoid. These include wearing dirty or wrinkled clothes, scuffed shoes, chipped nails, athletic clothing, sneakers, hiking boots, flip-flops, athletic sandals, and any shorts, skirts, or tops that are too short or tight for the office.
- When preparing for a virtual interview, it is important to follow the same dress code guidelines as you would for an in-person interview. Avoid taking a virtual interview lightly, and ensure that you dress professionally and appropriately for the occasion, even if you're interviewing from the comfort of your own home.