Although your answers and competency are still what matters most, first impressions still last. What better way to initially impress your interviewer than your work interview attire?
How to Dress to Impress for a Work Interview
Your outfit for your job interview will first depend on what type of company you are applying for. If it is a big corporate company, there is a high chance they have formal dress code. It is your initial job to research it so you are fully informed. For startups, other jobs, or internships that don’t require too many formalities, your best bet could be smart casual attire.
Dress Appropriately and Conservatively
The general rule of thumb is that you have to dress appropriately to the position for which you are applying. If someone from human resources called or contacted you regarding your interview, we recommend asking them politely if there is a company dress code policy. In any case, the default attire is conservative. This is usually a typical suit and closed-toe shoes.
Mind Your Undergarments
It might seem that your undergarments don’t matter since they are underneath your clothes. However, they can make a big difference in your overall outfit.
For men, consider wearing a white undershirt below your button up shirt. During interviews, it is natural to be nervous. This can cause you to sweat more than usual. Having an undershirt on can help absorb some of the sweat, allowing you to keep your professional look.
Don’t Go Overboard
Remember to stay in the “normal” zone for now. Don’t go too overboard about your style. Don’t wear casual pieces and bright accessories. Save those to wear on a date or to parties or grocery shopping. Know that you can always let your personality shine when you’re already settled in your job and have keenly observed how other employees dress.
Try On Your Outfit in Advance
Have an initial head-to-toe test of your job interview outfit. Wear every piece for a dress rehearsal. Try walking, sitting, and doing some movements to see if you are really comfortable with the outfit.
Keep It Neutral
When in doubt, go with blazers and skirts or pants that are plain and don’t have bright colors. Keep it neutral in your colors. By doing so, your entire outfit will look sophisticated and pleasant to the eyes of your interviewer.
Say No to Sheer Fabric
Avoid anything tight, short, and sheer. Do the mirror test when buying your outfit pieces. Make sure the fabric is of high quality and does not stretch out and look sheer.
Make sure to accessorize. Remind yourself to keep your accessories to a minimum. You don’t have to wear too many pieces of jewelry that are flashy and distracting.
Pick the Right Shoes
In picking the right pair of shoes, you should ensure style and comfort. You may opt for something fairly low-heeled just so you’d feel comfortable enough. Also wear shoes with the appropriate design (usually closed-toe).
What is the Best Color to Wear to An Interview?
Your job interview attire should most commonly have neutral colors that are not too shiny or bright on the eyes. These colors are usually composed of navy, gray, black, brown, or beige. It may be best to wear plain colors for now. If you decide to wear prints or patterns, make sure the prints are just minimal so as not to be distracting.
When going to an interview, first impressions matter. Take the time to plan your outfit ahead of time. Make sure it’s appropriate for the job and position you’re applying for.